From: Exit Staff
Serbia to Demand Establishment of Association of Serb Municipalities in Dialogue with Kosovo 

Serbia will demand Kosovo to implement the 2013 agreement on the creation of the Association of Serb Municipalities (ASM) in the next round of negotiation.

On September 7, Serbia President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti are expected to meet in Brussels for the second time since the EU-facilitated dialogue resumed in July. 

“The Serbian side will demand the fulfillment of the agreement from 2013 – the formation of the Union of Serbian Municipalities.” said Vucic, B92 reported on Friday.

The ASM was part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement between Kosovo and Serbia. It stipulated that Serb majority municipalities in Kosovo will be able to form a self-governing association with full governing power in many areas, including education, health, economic development, urban planning.

The agreement was fiercely opposed by the Kosovo opposition for creating the conditions for the “bosnization” of Kosovo, i.e. the creation of a state within a state.

In December 2015, Kosovo’s Constitutional Court ruled parts of the 2013 agreement unconstitutional, and the establishment of the association stalled.

The Kosovo negotiating team is yet to clarify its stance regarding the establishment of the ASM.