"South Tyrol model for Serb municipalities"

Elements from various models of European regions were used in preparing the draft statute of the community of Serb municipalities (ZSO), says Ljubomir Marić.

Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti

Marić is the coordinator of the team in charge of setting up the ZSO.

"We were attracted to the South Tyrol model the most and one can say it is closest to what the community of Serb municipalities will look like," he told Belgrade-based daily Večernje Novosti.

The ZSO structure will comprise four communities north and six south of the Ibar River, and the plan is to set up two more municipalities - Gora and Prilužje, he said.

Marić said that each of the municipalities will decide independently on their accession to the community and will have their delegates. “The ZSO will put an end to dividing Serbs into those living north and those living south of the Ibar.”

He pointed out that the ZSO as a whole would be recognized by both Belgrade and Priština and also by the international community.

“We stand ready to begin discussions on the draft statute with the Albanian side, but we still do not have adequate representatives to speak to as the provincial government has not yet been set up,” Marić said.

Marić said that the authorities in Priština had not yet adapted legal frameworks for the implementation of the part of the Brussels agreement which envisages the creation of the ZSO, stressing that it would be discussed in Brussels as part of negotiations on the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Priština.


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