From: Die Morina
Kosovo Prime Minister Reiterates His Stance on the Serb Municipalities Association

The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Avdullah Hoti, stated that there will be no Association of Serb- majority Municipalities with executive powers.

His statement follows a recent request by the EU Special Representative for the Prishtina- Belgrade Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak, stating that the constitution “is not a Bible” and it should change.

“The constitution was touched in 2013 when this agreement was ratified. This issue will not be opened again but an obligation has been created,” Hoti said during a press conference on Wednesday.

“If the final agreement is reached, it should be ratified. The unitary character of Kosovo will not be affected, there is no association with executive powers “, Hoti stated.

Hoti further added his government is in the process of dialogue with clear principles and he is not subject to anyone “except the Constitution and the Assembly”.

“I do not expect the association to block the dialogue process. Because it is agreed that the association issue is closed. If the dialogue is blocked, then not because of us, because I believe that we have shown a lot of commitment in this process,” Hoti stated.

During his visit earlier this month, Lajcak stated from Prishtina that Kosovo cannot have a final agreement with Serbia before establishing the ASM.

Serbia insists for an Association with executive powers, but Kosovo insists talks on the issue are closed with agreements of 2013 and 2015.


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