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Kosovo Serbia Agreement 2013 Text

The good news is so tight in Europe, especially in the Western Balkans, that we can be celebrated a little bit. The agreement between Kosovo and Serbia, signed in Brussels on 19 April, is indeed historic. There is no point in holding elections without substantial support on the ground. If the North strongly opposes it, there is a risk of violence against the organizers, and polls that require strong protection from KFOR would be useless. Belgrade and Pristina must explain in detail what the agreement means for northern Kosovo. You should take the time necessary to prepare the soil. The Kosovo Assembly ratified the agreement, incorporated it into a law and treated it as an “international agreement”. [20] Much of the agreement depends on the cooperation of the Serbs in northern Kosovo and their leaders, who all reject the agreement and promise to resist. This community now has a bad reputation; they are portrayed as extremists, criminals or, at best, simply too few to allude to them. This picture is unfair: as those who spend time in the North know, its inhabitants are no different from their Balkan neighbours. The rejection of the Belgrade-Pristina agreement stems from a basic patriotism common to most people who see that borders are moving against their will. Given the near-total absence of law enforcement, the territory is surprisingly peaceful; Since Kosovo`s declaration of independence in 2008, only four people have been killed in the north. In times of tension, improvised bombs and gunfire explode, but are supposed to alert or intimidate and not injure anyone.

The only serious confrontations were between indigenous people and NATO peacekeeping forces when they attempted to remove the barricades in 2011 and 2012. However, Serbia has agreed that progress in implementing the Brussels agreement will be a precondition for EU accession negotiations as part of the opening of Chapter 35 negotiations in December 2015. [Citation required] With only 2 pages, the agreement has 15 paragraphs. Paragraphs 1 to 6 concern the establishment, scope and functions of a proposed community of Serbian communes. Paragraphs 7 to 9 concern police and security structures and provide for the organization of a police unit for the whole of Kosovo, including its northern parts, known as the “Kosovo Police”. Paragraph 11 provides that local elections are held throughout Kosovo in accordance with Kosovo law. Paragraph 12 provides for an implementation plan and sets a date (to date) for the completion of the plan. Paragraph 13 contains a commitment to intensify discussions on energy and telecommunications. Paragraph 14 states that “neither side will block the other side`s progress on their respective EU trajectories or encourage others to block them.” Paragraph 15 provides for the creation of an enforcement committee with the EU. The agreement also paves the way for EU membership and raises hopes of a virtuous circle for the whole region. Finally, it is a very welcome success for European diplomacy, embodied by Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The Brussels agreement (Serbian: Briselski sporazum, in Albanian: Marréveshja e Brukselit), formally the first agreement to normalize relations, was concluded between the governments of Serbia and Kosovo on the normalization of their relations. [1] It was negotiated and concluded in Brussels under the auspices of the European Union, although it was not signed by any of the parties.

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