License plates agreement “does not apply to north”

Belgrade team chief Borislav Stefanović says that according to the freedom of movement agreement Serbs in northern Kosovo do not have to use Kosovo plates.

Source: Tanjug

Stefanović told Radio and Television of Serbia (RTS) on Thursday evening that Priština and a part of the international community abused the agreement on freedom of movement, adding that there were no secret parts of this deal.

“During the negotiating process, we were clear that this regulation cannot refer to north Kosovo due to its specific characteristics, it only comprises the Serbs south of the Ibar River given that the situation in the north is different,” he said.

Stefanović pointed out that after detailed consultation, Serbs south of the Ibar River expressed the need to be given the right to use alternative license plates labeled KS that is those which are status neutral.

EULEX members started handing out flyers on Wednesday informing the drivers who use the Jarinje administrative crossing in northern Kosovo that they need to have their vehicles reregistered to KS or RKS license plates.

According to the flyer, new regulations for license plates are in compliance with the freedom of movement agreement reached in the Belgrade-Priština dialogue with the EU's mediation.

The Kosovo Interior Ministry decided to ban movement in Kosovo to the vehicles that have Serbian license plates with initial letters of Kosovo towns as of June 1.

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