Agreement Kosovo Serbia

While the deal could take Kosovo and Serbia on the long road to normalized relations, the main goal became clear when Trump and his spin-doctors quickly wrapped up the deal to complete his re-election campaign. On 19 October 2020, the governments of Serbia and Kosovo concluded a draft agreement to establish a joint committee to search for the remains of some 1,600 ethnicAlly-born Albanians and Serbs who have disappeared since the 1998-1999 Kosovo conflict. [28] The very title of the agreement is misleading: supposedly on the “normalization of relations”, the first twelve points of the fifteen points of the agreement are rather concerned with the management of the northern region of Kosovo controlled by the heir. There is only one point on which bilateral relations are explicitly discussed, and it is simply said that neither party will block the progress of the other side towards the EU. When the agreement is implemented, both countries must amend the legislation in this area. One or the other may have to change its constitutions. Issues must be dealt with publicly, Members will have to take a stand. Early signs are not encouraging. The Kosovo Assembly approved the agreement after a stormy late-night session with furious denunciations from the opposition “Self-determination” party, whose supporters rallied outside the legislative branch. The Serbian parliament refused to vote on the agreement itself, saying it would be recognition of Kosovo; Instead, he approved the government`s report on the negotiations. Previous technical agreements between the two parties are being appealed to the Constitutional Court of Serbia on the grounds that the government has improperly amended regulatory issues that must be governed by law. Thirdly, Kosovo`s agreement on membership of the “mini-Schengen zone” has no practical value. On the formal level, there is no unity like the “schengen mini-zone” – it is something fictitious.

The so-called “Schengen mini-zone” means nothing more than rhetorical support from Albania, Northern Macedonia and Serbian leaders (who met three times in Novi Sad, Ohrid and Durres between October and December 2019) to develop plans that would facilitate cross-border travel and merchandise exchanges between the countries concerned. Therefore, if no concrete steps are taken to formalize such cooperation plans, Kosovo`s commitment to join the “mini-Schengen zone” will not bring much water to the normalization of its economic relations with Serbia. As part of the agreements, Serbia and Kosovo have agreed to join the schengen mini-zone. [11] As a result, Dacic called the Agreement with Kosovo a step forward toward a strategic partnership with the United States, that is, with the Trump administration, which Serbian leaders hope (including publicly) in November. The representative of Vietnam, along with other speakers, welcomed the resumption of talks between Belgrade and Pristina, as well as the recent agreement on the normalization of economic relations. However, he deplored the persistent lack of implementation on the ground and called on both sides to take confidence-building measures to achieve a lasting negotiated solution. The agreements also contain provisions in which Serbia and Kosovo refer to Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and support the decriminalization of homosexuality worldwide. [11] In conjunction with the above points, it is clearer than what was signed to The Seven in the Oval Office.