Pristina announces working group on ZSO - "without Belgrade"

Kosovo's authorities will in the next few days set up a working group to establish the Community of Serb Municipalities (ZSO).

Source: Tanjug
Pristina (Tanjug, file)
Pristina (Tanjug, file)

That is what Kosovo President Hashim Thaci told Tanjug on Thursday.

Thaci could not specify who the members of the working group will be, but noted that there will be no representatives of Serbia.

He said that he respected Serbia's legitimate interest regarding its people who live in the territory of Kosovo, but that Kosovo was "an independent state."

Thaci also "reiterated that the Serb-majority association of communities in Kosovo will have no executive powers and that it will be based on the Brussels agreement, Kosovo's laws and a decision of the constitutional court of Kosovo," Tanjug reported.

Sources in the EU headquarters confirmed to Tanjug that Edita Tahiri, who heads Pristina's delegation in the technical dialogue with Belgrade, was in Brussels on Wednesday for bilateral discussions with officials of the European External Action Service (EEAS).

Earlier on, Pristina announced that Tahiri would travel to Brussels to raise objections over Serbia's blockade of an agreement on telecommunications and a country code for Kosovo.

Sources in Belgrade said that Tahiri was summoned to the EEAS headquarters to explain the delay in implementing the agreement on the Serb Community of municipalities.

Tanjug's diplomatic sources in Brussels said that "all open issues" in the EU-facilitated Belgrade-Pristina dialogue were discussed at the meeting.

Thaci used the same phrase when he spoke to Tanjug about the meeting Tahiri had with representatives of Mogherini's office in charge of Western Balkans.


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