Friday, 14 May 2021
Fifth Sitting of the Committee on Kosovo-Metohija
At the sitting held on 14 May 2021 and closed to the public, the Committee on Kosovo-Metohija considered the Information of the Office for the Coordination of Affairs in the Process of Negotiation with the Provisional Institutions in Pristina on the state-of-play of the EU-facilitated Belgrade-Pristina dialogue. The Committee noted that though the Serbian side has shown full commitment to the dialogue, Pristina, waiting for the EU’s positive assessment for visa liberalisation in the first half of 2021, is intentionally prolonging the continuation of the dialogue.
The Committee said that during the previous five months of the dialogue, a broad agreement was reached in principle on the key elements needed to resolve the disputed issues, but no agreements were concluded because the question of the form of their conclusion remained open. No progress has been made on financial property claims, and the key principles concerning economic cooperation, missing and internally displaced persons and refugees have been agreed but not completed.
The Committee notes with regret that due to Pristina's unwillingness, there has been no significant progress in the implementation of the agreements made within the Dialogue. Due to Pristina's rude refusal to participate, there have been no talks on the topic of establishing the Community of Serb Municipalities, which is of the greatest importance for the Serbian side. At the same time, Pristina continues to violate agreements relating to treaties in the areas of justice, freedom of movement, police, civil protection, the main bridge in Kosovska Mitrovica and official visits.
The Committee warns that unilateral moves regarding the Valac power substation could further destabilise the situation in northern Kosovo. Also, we warn that the promotion and acceptance of the so-called Kosovo Security Force and its participation in the military exercise "Current Answer 21" is a danger to peace and security in the region.
The Committee assessed that Pristina continues with its attempts to resolve issues from the negotiation process unilaterally, without dialogue, in order to avoid obligations from the negotiation process and prevent the Republic of Serbia from advancing in European integration.
The Committee is strongly committed to continuing the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina and to resolving all outstanding issues in a peaceful manner.
Committees related to this activity
11.30 - the National Assembly Speaker takes part in the on-line meeting of the EP facilitated Inter-Party Dialogue (National Assembly House, 13 Nikola Pasic Square, library)
12.30 - the National Assembly Speaker makes press statement (National Assembly House, 13 Nikola Pasic Square, Central Hall)