What is dual sovereignty and is it acceptable to Serbia?

Ivica Dacic says it additional pressure on Belgrade and Pristina to continue the dialogue is expected at the upcoming meeting in Berlin.

Source: Beta, Tanjug
(Tanjug/Serbian government, file)
(Tanjug/Serbian government, file)

The minister of foreign affairs of Serbia told RTS that Pristina must revoke taxes (on goods from central Serbia) first for this to happen.

"There is additional pressure on Serbia in order to appease Pristina to revoke taxes," Dacic said.

According to him, there is also speculation about "dual sovereignty" that was not officially proposed as a solution to the Kosovo problem. He says that this idea is unacceptable to Serbia

Dacic explained that dual sovereignty means that a referendum could be held in northern Kosovo "after a decade."

"This solution means that Serbia would recognize Kosovo, that this part (northern Kosovo) would be under dual sovereignty, and that a referendum is held one day," said Serbia's Dacic, adding Serbia finds this idea to be unacceptable.

He said that nobody has officially presented this solution, and added that such a thing "does not exist anywhere in the world" - and that he "does not see why Serbia would accept it."

Dacic said that the Berlin meeting on April 29, with participation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and representatives of Belgrade and Pristina, has been organized "to the enormous surprise of Brussels (EU)."

"Many countries, such as Austria and Italy, are unhappy that it will be held. Geopolitical games are being played not only with Russia and China, but also among the countries of the West," Dacic said.


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