U.S. Urges Kosovo's Fulfillment of Commitment to Establish Serb-majority Municipalities Association

20 Prill 2024, 15:52Kosovo & Region TEMA

U.S. Urges Kosovo's Fulfillment of Commitment to Establish Serb-majority

April 20, 2024-Dring a visit to Belgrade on Saturday, James O'Brien, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, revealed that Kosovo has made a firm commitment to establish the long-awaited Association of Serb-majority municipalities. This declaration comes amidst persistent calls from the international community, particularly the United States and the European Union, urging Kosovo to fulfill its promise.

During the press conference held after a meeting with the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, O'Brien stressed the significance of honoring commitments within the framework of the dialogue for normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. "If there is concern that the international community is not fulfilling its obligation to help in this matter, I hope that we will do everything in our power to help fulfill our promise to ourselves and to others," emphasized the senior US official.

Echoing the sentiment for stability and peace, President Vučić underscored the importance of reaching agreements with Kosovo. He emphasized that amidst the dialogue, preserving peace and stability remains paramount for both nations.

The establishment of the Association of Serb-majority municipalities has been a central point of discussion within the dialogue for normalization of relations, which is mediated by the European Union. Notably, agreements were reached in 2013 and 2015, reaffirming the commitment to establish the Association. Additionally, last year's Agreement on the way to the normalization of relations further emphasized the inclusion of the Association.

Despite these agreements, tangible progress has yet to materialize. The EU and the USA have consistently called on Kosovo to take concrete steps towards establishing the Association. Last year, the international community presented both Kosovo and Serbia with a draft statute for the Association, which was initially accepted by the parties. However, implementation efforts have stalled, prompting renewed calls for action.

 

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