Stakeholders involved in drafting the statute on Serbian autonomy want Serbia to stay directly involved in life in northern Kosovo – leaked documents show.
The draft statute of the Association of Serbian Municipalities, one of the key Belgrade-Prishtina deals awaiting implementation, is likely to be complete by early August and to require amendments to Kosovo’s laws, documents obtained by BIRN show.
Kosovo authorities released five Serbs on Tuesday who were detained earlier the same day, after Belgrade stated it will halt EU-mediated talks with Pristina over the arrests.
The director of the Serbian government’s Kosovo office, Marko Djuric, said that Belgrade will halt its EU-mediated talks with Prishtina unless Kosovo releases five Serbs who were arrested on Tuesday.
Most Kosovars expect the final phase of the dialogue with Serbia to end with recognition, while fewer think there will be land swaps or partition, according to new poll.