Thursday, July 13, 2006

Six new Serb municipalities to be proposed - Kosovo website

Text of report by Radio-Television Kosovo TV website on 12 July

The [Kosovo status] Negotiation Team is closer to a realistic solution in that Belgrade and Prishtina [Pristina] will be offered a maximum of six new Serb municipalities and an expansion of the current one.

The idea is to merge the villages of Lipan [Lipljan] and Gracanica, to form a municipality in Obiliq [Obilic], and new municipalities in Gjilan [Gnjilane], Kamenica, Viti [Vitina] and in Northern Mitrovica and also expanding the municipality of Novobrdo.

This solution would be a compromise of the diametrically opposed stances that Belgrade and Prishtina have, but it also allows for an agreement on the borders of the new municipalities. According to evaluations, this solution would include more than 75 per cent of the Serb population in Kosova.

Source: RTK TV website, Pristina, in Albanian 12 Jul 06

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