February 26, 2012 514 Lexime
Agreement over Kosovo’s representation reached on the third day of the round of Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, the parties reached an agreement over Kosovo’s participation in regional initiatives. Kosovo will not be equal to other countries, as it has accepted the use of the footnote that will mention resolution 1244 as well as the ICJ opinion.
Pristina, KOSOVO* – by Vedat Xhymshiti
| Sunday, February 26, 2012 | The IndependenT NewsweeK |
A statement issued by the EU explains the content of the footnote which states that the mentioning of Kosovo is ‘without prejudgment in stances on status, and is in accordance to UN SC Resolution 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on Kosovo’s Declaration of Independence’.
The leaders in Pristina and Belgrade have interpreted this in different ways. While Belgrade says the footnote doesn’t specifically mention the Declaration of Independence, Pristina claims Declaration of Independence is presented in the footnote.
Head of the Kosovo delegation Edita Tahiri said she is ‘brining good news home’ and said the agreement is de facto recognition of Kosovo’s independence by Serbia and de jure recognition by the EU. She also said that UNMIK and 1244 are ‘part of the history’ and added that ‘Serbia wishes to deal with history and that is why it wanted it’s mentioning’.
Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi has taken all the credits for accepting the wording included in the footnote that will be used next to Kosovo’s name in regional initiatives. “My decision was consulted closely with the US Government, the EU and key world leaders with a joint approach,” Thaçi told reporters.
“Never, under no condition, at no price would I accept an agreement that wouldn’t empower our statehood,” he said further.
After the news that Pristina and Belgrade reached agreement on Kosovo’s participation in regional meetings, Vetëvendosje called a press conference and revealed its plans to oppose the deal. In this regard, the movement called for an all-out protest on Monday in Pristina. Vetëvendosje said the protest will be peaceful and is planned to last four hours.
“It will suspend for four hours the work of this Government which is suspending our country and independence,” said the leader Albin Kurti. “This agreement doesn’t only deal with representation but also with regional cooperation. Therefore, the Republic of Kosovo is this way privatized,” said Kurti.
The agreement has also been opposed by the leading opposition party, LDK, which in a press release said that Republic of Kosovo should be represented in all regional initiatives as an independent and sovereign country and through its constitutional name.
Thaçi says it is not empowering Kosovo, and Kosovo is not losing its Republic, but Belgrade authorities seems to be more clearly over the Agreement. Serbian president Boris Tadic, told reporters that Kosovo will not be represented as an independent country.
Tadic said that the policy “EU and Kosovo” has been confirmed. He hailed the agreement, which, according to him, foresees representation of Pristina “under the umbrella of the UN Resolution 1244, means Kosovo will not take part as an independent country”.