The Community of Serb Municipalities Without Executive Powers

Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti said after a meeting with European Union special envoy Miroslav Lajcak on October 13, that the authorities in Pristina received full guarantees that the Community of Serb Municipalities (CSM) will not have executive powers. 

“The CSM was closed as an issue in the agreement 201 which was ratified by the Kosovo parliament and an agreement on principles in 2015 as well as the opinion of the Constitutional Court. We have every guarantee from our partners that the CSM will not have executive powers”, Hoti told a news conference.

He said that Belgrade and Pristina are discussing a final agreement which will include mutual recognition. According to Hoti, nothing will be implemented before an agreement is reached on all issues. “Nothing will be implemented before the final agreement on mutual recognition is reached and ratified by the Serbian parliament. That is when implementation begins”, he said, adding that agreement had been reached that there would be only one issue at the table during the dialogue – the final agreement.

“This is not an easy process, there are difficult issues such as the CSM and others but we will tackle them all based on clear principles. Kosovo is not the side blocking the dialogue process it is not only the constructive side but also the main protagonist of the final agreement on mutual recognition”, Hoti said.

Lajcak’s visit is viewed in Pristina as an effort to unblock the dialogue which has stalled over the CSM. Sources in Pristina believe that the Serbian side does not want the CSM formed under the Kosovo Constitution. 

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