Kosovo reveals details of deal with EU on de-escalation measures in north
The government said the agreement came after a meeting on July 10 between First Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration, Development and Dialogue of the Republic of Kosovo Besnik Bislim and European Union Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak in the Slovakian capital Bratislava.
“The Kosovo government supports holding early elections in four municipalities in the country’s north after the summer season. Kosovo expresses its commitment to providing the legal basis to ensure these elections are held. The EU will invite the two chief negotiators to Brussels to finalize the plan for the Normalization Agreement (agreed between Kosovo and Serbia), and then the implementation of all the articles of the agreement will begin,” said the statement.
The transactions on the agreed issues will be completed within two weeks.
''I welcome Kosovo's commitment to the arrangement we reached on the first steps for de-escalation. We expect Kosovo to take further positive steps and continue to advance in this direction,'' said Borrell.
Ethnic Serbs have been protesting the election of Albanian mayors since late May.
On May 30, after 30 soldiers were injured during unrest in the region, NATO sent 700 more troops to the Kosovo Force (KFOR), the alliance-led peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. The reinforcements included a contingent of Turkish forces.
When the government in Pristina declared its independence from Serbia 15 years ago, most UN member states including the US, UK, France, Germany and Türkiye recognized it as a separate country, but Belgrade continues to regard it as its territory.