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Pristina, it's not up to EU to propose statute Serb community

The issue is central to the dialogue on the Kosovo crisis

09 December, 17:43

(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 09 DIC - Pristina believes it is not up to the EU to present a draft statute for the Community of Serb-majority municipalities in Kosovo. "Nowhere in any of the documents defining the negotiation process does it say that the draft statute for the Community of Serb-majority municipalities is the responsibility of the European Union," said Kosovo Parliament Speaker Gljauk Konjufca. This, he added, is instead up to Pristina. In statements to the Albanian-language edition of Voice of America, picked up by the press in Belgrade, Konjufca said the West's call for the creation of the Community of Serb Municipalities will not be met unless the international community pressures Belgrade to recognize Kosovo. That of the Community of Serbs is among the central issues on the negotiating agenda between Belgrade and Pristina, and the EU-under whose aegis the dialogue between the parties has been held since 2011-has proposed a draft statute for such a body, on which the Kosovo leadership generally maintains strong resistance fearing that it could turn into a new Republika Srpska, the Serb-majority entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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