"EU, Kosovo to decide on EULEX mandate"

EULEX's mandate after June 2014 will be determined by EU states in close cooperation with Kosovo authorities, based on a joint assessment of the situation.

Source: Tanjug

This is according to EULEX Spokeswoman Irina Gudeljevic, who spoke for Tanjug last week.

“The decision on EULEX's further mandate would be based on joint assessments of the situation and Kosovo needs- by agreement and in a coordinated way,” Gudeljevic noted.

Referring to a debate in the Kosovo assembly, she said that it is clear that “parliamentarians and Kosovo authorities want to see some changes when it comes to EULEX's transition.”

On Thursday, the assembly in Priština adopted a resolution, urging that EULEX's mandate should not be extended after June 2014, dissatisfied with the way in which the EU Mission is carrying out investigations and war crimes trials.

The resolution on EULEX's role in Kosovo calls on Kosovo authorities to start preparing plans for a transfer of competences from the Mission to Priština as of September.

Commenting on the Kosovo parliament's resolution, Head of the Serbian government's Office for Kosovo and Metohija Aleksandar Vulin said on Friday that no agreement would be valid, if there were no executive role of EULEX.

Vulin said that EULEX did not come to Kosovo because Priština called for that, but because the UN Security Council decided that on the initiative of the Republic of Serbia, and that is the only way in which the decision to end EULEX's mandate could be delivered.

"I would like to make it clear to Priština's officials and the international community that Serbia is not ready to adhere to any agreement without EULEX's executive role. Changes and departure of the Mission would for us mean that agreements are invalid, and that they could not be implemented," Vulin said.


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