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Serbia and Kosovo considering possibility of peace agreement and changing borders

Presidents of both countries called on the EU to support their efforts
15:42, 26 August 2018

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Kosovo's President Hashim Thaçi during the panel discussion in Austria made it clear that they were ready to consider changing the borders of both countries to reach an historic peace agreement. According to Politico, both presidents have called on the European Union to support their efforts.

"Kosovo intends to reach a legal agreement with Serbia, it's time to do it now, we have a small window of opportunity, it's not easy, it's very, very difficult, that's why everyone should support this," said Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci.

The publication notes that the EU is against changing borders on the grounds that this could lead to the redistribution of other borders in the Balkans.

EU Commissioner Johannes Khan, who was present at the discussion, took a diplomatic stance, saying that nothing should be ruled out at this stage.

Serbian President Alexander Vučić criticized the international reaction to the idea of changing borders.

"Why are you so worried about what we are doing? We are doing something for the future of Serbs and Albanians, and we must take care of ourselves, not harming anyone without affecting others in the region," he said.

We recall, Serbia does not recognize the independence of Kosovo, unilaterally proclaimed in 2008. Both countries plan to become members of the EU, but before that, territorial disputes should be resolved.

Earlier Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic held a meeting of the National Security Council of Serbia due to the threat of aggravation of the situation in relations with Kosovo. This is reported by Novosti.rs.

It is about the north of Kosovo, where mostly Serbs live. The day before, information was voiced about the possible attack of Kosovo's security forces to the north.

At the same time, yesterday, on August 3, a meeting of the Kosovo Security Council was held, at which they discussed information about the alleged intentions of the Serbs in the north to unilaterally declare autonomy.

At the moment, it is known that the international forces led by NATO, responsible for ensuring stability in Kosovo (KFOR), are brought into a state of increased combat readiness.

The possible declaration of autonomy by the Serbs in the north of Kosovo is associated with the refusal of the Kosovo authorities to fulfill the obligations to create a Community of Serbian municipalities.

Earlier Serbians from Kosovo appealed to President of Russia Vladimir Putin in the open letter. The full text of the letter signed by the representatives of the movement of Serbians in Kosovo and Metohija "Homeland" was published on June 28 by Eadaily.

In the letter, the Serbians ask Putin to not let the recognition of Kosovo at the international level.

Particularly, they call the Serbian authorities "too pliable" because the bodies of the state power were closed at the territory of Kosovo and "the system of the justice, police and defense of the civilians were passed to the separatists."

Moreover, the representatives of the movement are sure that president of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic prepares the signing of the peace agreement "with the separatists from Pristina" and it will reinforce "the real separation of Kosovo and Metohija from Serbia."

Due to this, the Serbians from Kosovo ask Putin "to not agree", if the agreement is signed and Belgrade will ask the place for Kosovo in the UN.

"Until there is the Resolution 1244 that says that Kosovo and Metohija are Serbia, they are Serbia," the representatives claim.

"We hope that some next authority in Serbia will cancel all anti-constitutional and anti-state agreements signed by the current regime. Until this time, you are our only hope that the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo will never be recognized at the international level," the message said.

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