Koha Ditore reports that the political representatives of Kosovo Serbs could return to the Kosovo Assembly in early July and this decision would be based on an agreement of representatives of the Serb List for Kosovo.
The paper says that Kosovo Serb representatives have emphasised that they also need a decision from Belgrade to join Kosovo institutions, but a political representative of Kosovo Serbs, Randjel Nojkic, said they would not wait much longer for Belgrade’s position.
‘The green light from Belgrade is very important for us and we have asked for it. Even if we don’t get Belgrade’s approval, we will make our decision. We needed Belgrade’s consent for all our decisions so far, but we have moved issues on our own even without their initial approval and then they gave their consent later on. Therefore, we will make this decision on our own,’ added Nojkic.
The paper remarks that according to UN officials in Pristina there is no exact deadline for Kosovo Serbs to join the institutions but that the latest developments in Kosovo require a quick decision to join the institutions.
UNMIK spokeswoman Marcia Poole said it was encouraging the news that Serb political representatives could rejoin the institutions. ‘What we have said is that there is no final deadline, although it is important to know a timeframe given the latest developments. The timeframe has been imposed by these developments but there is no exact date imposed by UNMIK or someone else,’ said Poole.
In closing, the paper says that one has to wait and see if Serb political representatives will finally decide to return to the assembly and if UNMIK chief Søren Jessen-Petersen will make the final effort to convince them to join the institutions.