Serbia Kosovo Agreement Full Text

There are only two sure things about the agreement, both are very important and neither is set out somewhere in its text. The first is that the Serbian government has given up on keeping northern Kosovo in its system and has ceded its authority to Pristina. Second, Belgrade has implicitly recognized that Kosovo is a state. These are tectonic changes that will have an impact, no matter what happens to the first trials of implementation of the agreement. The two Prime Ministers signed a “First Agreement in Principle on the Normalisation of Relations” in Brussels. The short 15-point text is the first bilateral agreement between Serbia and its former province; As the title suggests, it is unlikely to be the last. Oddly enough, no government published it, although a so-called authentic version quickly leaked to the Pristina press. This can change in at least two ways. If a state does not perform essential functions, such as holding elections, adopting a budget and providing funds, a region could declare the necessary independence and try to stop there.

Alternatively, separatism could lose its stigma if one or more regions of the EU stopped peacefully – although there is no practical appetite to take it into account at EU level, and sensitivities among Member States are high. But if both arrive, it will be time to worry about the Balkans. A new summit at the White House was organized by Grenell and scheduled for September 3 and 4, 2020. Grenell was a co-facilitator with Robert C. O`Brien. [7] On 4 September, Serbian President Aleksandar Vuéié and Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti signed the agreements. [7] The signing ceremony took place on September 4, 2020 in the Oval Office of the White House, in the presence of U.S. President Donald Trump. [8] Two separate documents were signed, one by Vuéié and the other by Hoti.

The only difference between the two was the final clause on relations with Israel. Both documents were preceded by a congratulatory note from Donald Trump. [9] The representative of Germany regretted that the Serbian delegation never referred in its statements to the crimes committed against the Kosovar population in 1998 and 1999, including ethnic cleansing and mass deportations. “Our Serbian friends are shooting a gun in their foot,” he said, pointing out that Belgrade is also trying to join the European Union. The International Court of Justice has ruled that Kosovo`s declaration of independence is not contrary to international law, meaning that it should be fully recognized.

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