Consultations on "Kosovo plan" to start this week

By the end of this week, President Nikolic and Prime Minister Vucic will start official consultations about "the final solution for the status of Kosovo."

Source: Vecernje novosti
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This has been reported by the Belgrade-based daily Vecernje Novosti, which said the confirmation about the start of the consultations "came from top state officials."

The plan "for the solution of the status of the province" should be ready "before Brussels presents the next agreement on the normalization of relations with Pristina," writes the newspaper.

Although top officials have lately been making statements that "sounded dissonant" - with Tomislav Nikolic saying the issue should be "immediately opened," while Vucic said it was "too early to talk about a final solution" - the daily writes it was told "by the top levels of the government" that there were no disagreements between the two when it came to the Kosovo policy, "or in terms of the timing of the future steps."

Vucic is, according to these sources, "very aware of everything that the president spoke about in relation to Kosovo and Metohija and the intentions of the European administration."

"The timing of the presentation of the new platform to the public will largely depend on how Brussels sees the dynamics of the continuation of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. A clearer picture of European intentions will emerge on February 9 at a meeting called by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, where the Serbian side will be represented Aleksandar Vucic and Ivica Dacic, and the Albanian by Isa Mustafa and Hashim Thaci," the paper writes.

As stated, Belgrade expects to hear "specific conditions for the opening of negotiating chapters with the EU," and about the plans of Brussels related to "the signing of the next agreement between the two sides" - and whether it will suggest that Belgrade should initial a joint document "with another 'state' or with an autonomy."

According to earlier announcements, Belgrade and Pristina should sign a new document when they fulfill the obligations stemming from the first agreement on the principles of normalization of relations, including the formation of a community of Serb municipalities, which, it is estimated, could start functioning in the spring.

Serbian president's adviser Stanislava Pak said that Nikolic's proposal will be "specific and not a literal copy of another model already applied elsewhere in the world."

"But, use can be made, for example, of some elements from South Tyrol or the Serb Republic (RS)," she was quoted as saying.

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