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Association/Community “overshadowed” by the final settlement (Radio Free Europe)

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Albanian and Serb political commentators argue that the possibility of a final settlement between Kosovo and Serbia, despite a current stalemate in the process, is overshadowing the formation of the Association/Community of Serb-majority municipalities. Ramush Tahiri, political commentator, told Radio Free Europe that during the Brussels talks, the agreement on the Association/Community was considered a solution for the normalization of relations between the two countries. However, the rise of ideas for changes to the Kosovo – Serbia border, as a possible solution of the dispute, has overshadowed the formation of the Association. Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has referred to the idea as “border correction” whereas his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic, has called it “a border delineation between Serbs and Albanians”. Tahiri said: “It is believed that if a new border of Kosovo is drawn, then the international obligations that Kosovo has assumed for the Association, but also the Ahtisaari document itself, will fall and there will be a completely new reality. The Serbian List is not complaining that the Association is not being formed. Vucic is complaining to the international community, but he does not present it as a condition to resume talks. Meanwhile, Kosovo’s institutions, political parties, the Assembly and the Government, are not interested to form the Association”. Petar Miletic, political analyst and former member of the Kosovo Assembly, has a similar opinion. He told the news agency that one cannot say for certain that the parties have withdrawn from forming the Association, but that their silence on the matter implies that it is no longer a priority. “It is evident that those that should insist the most on this issue, are keeping silent, this primarily concerns Serb representatives in Kosovo’s institutions but also Belgrade. It is clear that this is now a Plan B, that there are other agreements and that the Association of Serb municipalities has been set asides and this is not fair toward the Kosovo Serbs. The silence of authorities in Pristina is clear. They never even wanted to do this,” Miletic said.

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