N. Kosovo Serbs want meeting with presidentSource: Tanjug
ZVEČAN -- Local Serb officials from northern Kosovo have requested a meeting with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić and Prime Minister Ivica Dačić.
They stressed that it was unacceptable to them to have a border and customs run by the institutions of the so-called "Republic of Kosovo" at the administrative crossings Brnjak and Jarinje.
Members of the assemblies of the municipalities of Kosovska Mitrovica, Zvečan, Leposavić and Zubin Potok decided to request this after deputy head of the Serbian Government Office for Kosovo and Kosovska Mitrovica Mayor Krstimir Pantić informed them at a joint session about the talks in Brussels.
Pantić informed the officials of the four municipalities about the temporary agreement on excise and VAT collection at the crossings in northern Kosovo that the Serbian and Kosovo prime ministers made in Brussels last week.
The northern Kosovo officials kept their earlier view, that it was unacceptable to set up a border and customs run by the institutions of the so called Republic of Kosovo.
They insisted again on implementing Serbia's tax system.
The officials insisted again that the Serbian Constitutional Court give its opinion on whether the government decisions in relation to the agreements between Belgrade and the provisional institutions in Priština were in line with the Constitution.
They condemned the attacks on Serb cemeteries, churches, other facilities, institutions of the Kosovo Serbs and the latest attack on the building of the Kosovska Mitrovica municipality.
Pantić said the talks in Brussels involved issues concerning excise and VAT collection at crossings in northern Kosovo, and that all the money collected should go to a fund for the development of the four municipalities in northern Kosovo.
The Priština delegation wanted the companies from northern Kosovo to register again in Priština, which was not accepted, Pantić stressed.
He called on the officials of the four municipalities to be united and pointed out that Kosovo was a single area in terms of customs, according to the Central European Free Trade Agreement, and that rules that followed UN Security Council Resolution 1244 were implemented at crossings.
The meeting in Zvečan on Monday was attended also by presidents of the assemblies of the four municipalities, heads of companies from northern Kosovo and officials of the Serbian government office for Kosovo, UNMIK and KFOR.