Chief of parliamentary group of the opposition Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), Avdullah Hoti, has accused the President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, of violating the Parliament’s resolution by taking as leading role in the dialogue with Serbia. Hoti said that the Parliament has authorised the Government to lead the EU-facilitated dialogue with Belgrade.
Hoti has also said that the opposition is against negotiations with Serbia in Brussels related to drafting of the statute of Association of Serb-majority Municipalities. In a Facebook post Hoti said that there is a growing confusion when it comes to the dialogue with Serbia. He reminded to President Thaci that according to the resolution passed by Kosovo Parliament only the Government is mandated to lead political and technical talks with Serbia under the EU mediation. “Every other format of the dialogue is in violation with the resolutions passed by the Parliament, and every potential agreement reached with Serbia is unacceptable. Therefore, involvement of the President in the dialogue is in contradiction with the decisions of the highest state institution,” Hoti wrote.
Commenting on the announcements from Brussels that there will be negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia on drafting of the statute of the controversial Association of Serb-majority Municipalities, Hoti said this should be done in Pristina and not in Brussels. Hoti reminded that former prime minister Isa Mustafa who is leader of the LDK was requested by the EU to negotiate drafting of the statute in Brussels, but as Hoti said, Mustafa insisted this issue be concluded in Pristina. “Transferring of this topic to Brussels is of a great danger for additional concessions,” Hoti said.
The Agreement on Association was reached during EU-facilitated Kosovo-Serbia dialogue in Brussels in August 2015 at the time the LDK chairman was Prime Minister. Kosovo opposition has fiercely opposed the Agreement stating that this gives Kosovo Serbs executive powers, a claim which was continuously countered by the Government. Serbia is hoping the Association will give executive powers to Kosovo Serbs and they are refusing the statute be drafted based on a decision of the Constitutional Court of Kosovo which ruled that some of the principles of the Agreement are in violation with the Constitution.