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28. July 2018

EU gives Pristina "extra time" on ZSO - and what that means

EC spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic says the EU expects all agreements reached within the Kosovo dialogue to be implemented "without delay." "Kosovo gave the mandate to the Steering Team to draft the statute of the Community, that is, the Association (of Serb Municipalities, ZSO), which is in progress and will take time," Kocijancic told Tanjug on Wednesday. About ten days before the deadline runs out given to the Pristina authorities to draft the statute and thus start implementing the agreement on the establishment of the ZSO, the EU says they expect "all agreements" reached within the framework of the dialogue on the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina to be implemented "without delay." "This applies in particular to the agreements on the Community/Association of Serb Municipalities, and the agreement on energy," said she. Asked by Tanjug whether the EU, as the mediator in the talks between Belgrade and Pristina, knows how far the drafting of the statute of the ZSO - which should be completed by August 4 - has progressed, Kocijancic said that "work is ongoing, and requires time." Earlier, when asked how the EU plans to react if the deadline is not respected, and the ZSO statute is not adopted, Kocijancic replied that she "did not want to speculate on work in progress." That the EU expects the agreement on the Community of Serb Municipalities to be fully implemented without delay, is something also announced by the EU commissioner for enlargement negotiations, Johannes Hahn. "The agreement envisages that the draft Statute of the Association or the Community should be done four months after work has started on the draft. The Kosovo prime minister gave the mandate to the Steering Team to start working on the draft on April 4, meaning the deadline is 4 August," Hahn told Tanjug in mid-May. Even then, Hahn did not answer when asked by the agency what would happen if the deadline was not met, and - would such an act render meaningless the entire course of the dialogue. At: https://www.b92.net

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