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Students in Prishtina March Against Association of Serb-majority Municipalities 

Organized by the students of the University of Prishtina, a march took place in the capital, against the formation of the Association of Serb-majority municipalities in Kosovo.

Dozens of students have gathered in Prishtina on Wednesday, to march against the formation of Association of Serb-majority municipalities in Kosovo, an agreement within the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue which is being requested to be implemented.

The march, organized by the Students’ Parliament of the University of Prishtina, started from the National Library of Kosovo in the direction of the Government of Kosovo building.

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Student Alba Mala said that they have gathered to declare their unwavering stance against the Association.

“This mono-ethnic Association is in contradiction with the Constitution of our Republic. This Association does not advance the rights of Serbs, but instrumentalizes them and advances Serbia in Kosovo, and as a result instability is created,” she said at the march. 

Other citizens joined the students in this march.

The main call of the protest was “Together against the Association”, while the protesters were holding several other banners with the words: “No to the division of Kosovo”, “We do not give for free our lands”, “Where is the recognition of diplomas”, “Kosovo does not belong to Serbia”, “Zajednica [Association] does not pass.”

With this march, the students of the Student Parliament also marked the 53rd anniversary of the establishment of the University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina” on Wednesday.

The Students’ Parliament is the highest representative body of students at the University of Prishtina.

The EU-led dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia started in 2011.

The formation of an Association of Serb-majority municipalities in Kosovo is one of the most controversial agreements in the EU-facilitated dialogue.

It was agreed to by both parties in the process, but has never been implemented, after the Kosovo Constitutional Court expressed serious reservations.

Detailing the competencies given to the association’s 10 Serb-majority municipalities, in the first version it was said that they would have full “supervision” of the areas of rural and urban planning, economic development, education and health.

It also stated that the Association would include the four northern Serb-majority municipalities that are de facto not controlled by the Kosovo government, as well as Gracanica, Strpce, Novo Brdo, Kllokot, Ranilug and Partesh. Gracanica would act as the regional centre for the southern municipalities.

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Prishtina Insight has reported on the latest developments and about the international request for the association and the European plan towards the final agreement between Kosovo and Serbia.

The plan was first added to the dialogue process in October 2022, and in recent days has started to be called the proposal of the European Union.

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15/02/2023 - 21:02

15 February 2023 - 21:02

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