Interview with Borislav Stefanovic
It looks like talking to people from another planet
Tamara Spaic | 05. 07. 2011. – 00:02h |
Occasionally I had an impression that I was talking to people from another planet. The talks were very difficult because every sentence and stance from our side were completely opposite to what the Albanian side was saying. There is a huge wall between us and those solutions helped that it becomes a little smaller and allow us finally cooperate for the welfare of all people who live in Kosovo/Metohija and mainly the Serbs. Without those solutions most of them would slowly but certainly leave as they are doing today, Borislav Stefanovic, Chief of the Serbian team in negotiations with Pristina says for Blic.
A day after Stefanovic returned from Brussels and negotiations in which the sides had agreed about freedom of movement and exchange of copies of birth certificate books, he was met with accusations by the opposition and even threats with criminal charges for violation of the sovereignty of Serbia.
If we were speaking about the 90s and condemning the war crimes, they were speaking about occupation and genocide. We have not agreed about what happened, let alone about what we want in the future. They want and they attempted to get full confirmation of independence, confirmation that Serbia does not exist in Kosovo. We managed to oppose that, Stefanovic says.
Q: What have you exactly agreed about? Will Serbia recognize documents of the State of Kosovo?
Personal identity cards, traffic and driving licenses shall be used in future but only with a certificate that shall be given by Serbian Home Ministry at the administration line. That card shall bear the date and place of entrance and shall be used for administration checking only. Without it the documents shall be invalid. In the certificate there shall also be written that that document does not prejudice the future Kosovo status. This is a legal confirmation for us that the documents shall be used for transit only. This means that all people who have our citizenship will be allowed to move freely without affecting our position regarding the status. The so-called Kosovo passports shall not be valid.
Q: What would affect the status?
Only if Pristina would put a stamp on some of those documents.
Q: What about registration plates?
Only registration plates issued by the UNMIK with the KS letters shall be valid. This does not apply for plates with the Republic of Kosovo inscription. This shall make it possible for the Serbs living south of the Ibar River to use registration plates neutral in view of the status since the UNMIK registration plates have gone out of use in the meantime.
Q: Why is there no agreement over the cadastre?
Belgrade suggested making of a mechanism which would lead to harmonization of two cadastres. The Kosovo cadastre is full of forged data. We suggested solution which understands a body to work on it. If somebody from Pristina says this is my house and my land, and we have someone expelled from Kosovo who has valid ownership document, then we shall make a mechanism by which the owner shall be put in a position to have his/her property and possession at his/her disposal. The Pristina team made here, for inexplicable reason, a step backwards, but this does not mean that an agreement is not going to be reached next time.
Q: Recognition of diplomas is something that is in favor of the Albanians only?
This process shall go in two directions. We cannot recognize a diploma in which it is written The Republic of Kosovo. We suggest that nostrification of diplomas is made by university in the neighborhood, for example the one in Podogorica. In such a case our institutions would recognize the nostrification and not the diploma. Proposal by Pristina side is that nostrification is done by some international organization, not clear which one, or a non-government organization, what is unacceptable for us.
Belgrade, Pristina agree on freedom of movement
The Belgrade and Pristina negotiating teams in Brussels drafted agreements on freedom of movement and birth records.
By Igor Jovanovic for Southeast European Times in Belgrade –04/07/11
Die Bürger der früheren serbischen Provinz dürfen nach den Neuregelungen mit ihrem Personalausweis nach Serbien reisen, berichtete der serbische Verhandlungsführer Borislav Stefanovic im staatlichen Fernsehen in Belgrad.
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