Ban: Establishment of community of municipalities crucial

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the resumption of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and the agreement on the judiciary.

Source: Tanjug
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He at the same time noted that establishment of the community of Serb municipalities in Kosovo is one of the crucial outstanding issues.

"The spirit of constructive cooperation and the emphasis on common interests remain encouraging, and the agreement on the integration of the judiciary in northern Kosovo, reached on 9 February, demonstrates the commitment of both sides to the implementation of the First Agreement of Principles Governing the Normalization of Relations of 19 April 2013 and to the continuation of the dialogue," Ban noted in a regular quarterly report, published on the UN website.

"Both Belgrade and Pristina should take all necessary steps to faithfully implement the entirety of the agreements reached thus far," he noted.

"It is crucial that both Belgrade and Pristina move forward in the implementation of the outstanding provisions of the Agreement of 19 April 2013. The core issue in this respect remains the establishment of the association/community of Serb municipalities," he wrote in the report.

Among the priorities listed is the issue of participation of Kosovo Serbs in the Kosovo government and assembly and establishment of a special court.

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