Kosovo postpones adoption of law on non-recognition of Serbian documents

The Kosovo government postponed the approval of the law on the non-recognition of Serbian documents Earlier, because of the controversial law in the north of Kosovo, the situation escalated, Belgrade and Pristina accused each other of provocations. Kosovo authorities have decided to postpone the adoption of the law until September 1 ” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti

The Government of Kosovo announced a decision to postpone until September 1 the adoption of a law on the termination of Serbian documents on the territory of the self-proclaimed republic, due to which there was an escalation on the border with Serbia. Danas reports this with reference to a statement by the Kosovo authorities.

At the end of July, the Kosovo government announced that from August 1, Serbian documents would cease to be valid in the territory under its control. Serbs who want to visit Kosovo will be issued a temporary certificate for up to 90 days at the entrance. In addition, mandatory re-registration of cars with Serbian license plates to RKS (Republic of Kosovo) license plates will begin in Kosovo.

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“Prime Minister [Kosova Albin] Kurti <…> held meetings with American and European international partners. Due to the situation [at the border], the Government of Kosovo undertakes to postpone the implementation of the two decisions from June 29, 2022 until September 1, 2022, when all barricades will be removed and full freedom of movement will be established in the north of Kosovo,— said in the document.

They also thanked US Ambassador to Kosovo Jeffrey Hoveni “for his great contribution.” to resolve the situation.

On the evening of July 31, against the background of Pristina's decision not to recognize Serbian documents, the situation in the north of Kosovo escalated, people began to build barricades, and the sounds of gunfire were heard. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic then announced that Kosovo was going to launch an operation against the Kosovo Serbs around midnight.

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Amid the escalation, Vučić arrived at the Serbian General Staff, and the Kosovo authorities mobilized the police in the northern regions of the country. The NATO mission in Kosovo declared its readiness to intervene in the conflict, “if stability in the north of Kosovo is threatened.”

Following the meeting at the General Staff, Vučić called on the international community to influence the Kosovo authorities and expressed hope for an early détente.

Kosovo was previously an autonomous republic within Serbia, but in 2008 it declared its independence. It was recognized by most of the EU countries and more than a hundred countries— UN members. Russia, China, Iran, Serbia and a number of other countries have not recognized Kosovo as a separate state.

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