Kosovo PM in video message to Kosovo Serbs

NEWS 04.07.2022 10:48
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Albin Kurti
Source: REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti released a video message in Serbia calling Kosovo Serbs to register their vehicles and replace Serbian-issued license plates with RKS plates.

Kurti said in the video that the simplified process in more than 30 municipal offices will allow “the change from illegal plates to plates which are valid under the laws of our state – plates with RKS insignia”. Kurti recalled the decision by his government to replace Serbian license plates between August 1 and September 30, used by Kosovo Serbs living in four northern municipalities. According to Kurti, that decision is intended to “establish legality and rule of law … and guarantee the predominance of the law over politics and the interests of individuals which is in the interest of every citizen of our common state”.

The Kosovo Prime Minister said a “huge concession” is being made by not forcing the owners of the vehicles registered in Serbia to pay customs, not forcing them to get mandatory mechanics checks and allowing local authorities to waive a 10 Euro tax.

“You will go through a simple procedure with exemptions to register vehicles in line with the law as conscientious citizens and the government will establish the equality which we strive for in every segment,” he said.

The license plates issue caused serious tensions between Belgrade and Pristina several months ago when the Kosovo authorities decided not to allow entry to vehicles with Serbian license plates, forcing them to pay for temporary plates. Tensions eased after an agreement was reached to cover state insignia with white stickers.