Kosovo’s Kurti to US ambassador: There cannot be ethnically-based community

Source: N1

The demands for a "monoethnic community" did not come from ordinary people, but politicians and Belgrade, Kosovo's Prime Minister Albin Kurti said on Thursday, commenting on the US ambassador to Kosovo Phillipe Kosnett call on Pristina authorities on Wednesday to form the Community of Serb Municipalities (CSM) what they obliged to under the Brussels Agreement.

„I don’t think it’s possible under Kosovo’s constitutional order to form an ethnically-based community. An association of municipalities can exist based on development needs or geography,“ Kurti said, listed some of such associations already existing in Kosovo.

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He added his Government advocated the rights of all minorities and was against marginalisation and discrimination.

„It seems the demand for ethnic communities, in circulations for almost a decade, doesn’t come from ordinary people, but from politicians and our northern neighbour (Serbia),“ Kurti said.

Earlier on Thursday, the UK ambassador to Kosovo, Ben Wallace, joined Kosnett in calling on Pristina to honour what it signed within the Brussels Agreement.