The agreement on entry documents has preserved peace in Kosovo, Serbian authorities say

Flag of Kosovo in Pristina. Archive photo

The agreement on the entry and exit of Kosovo personal documents issued by Belgrade and Pristina reached on Saturday, has kept the peace in the region and ensure freedom of movement for Kosovo Serbs, said the Director of the office for Kosovo and Metohija of the government of Serbia, Petar Petkovic.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Saturday that the Serbian leadership partially ready to accept the demands of the Kosovo Albanian authorities in Pristina for inbound documents in the region under certain conditions and guarantees of the EU. Then the head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrell confirmed that Belgrade and Pristina have been able to reach agreement on the issue of entry and exit in Kosovo and Metohija Serbs and Albanians with personal documents.”Due to the strong diplomatic efforts of President Aleksandar Vucic today we received the necessary guarantees, the EU reached agreement on freedom of movement and the Serbian documents. Thus, we have provided peace and stability in Kosovo and Metohija and Serbian retained personal documents for the Serbs to the South and North of the river Ibar”, – quotes the office for Kosovo and Metohija Petkovic.

“It is of crucial importance for the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, in spite of all the obstacles and enforcement, we were able to save the Serbian personal documents for our people in the region, and thus the presence of Serbia in this area. Every Serb North and South Ibra, without exception, will be able to live, work, ride, and be administratively crossing points,” – said the representative of the authorities of Serbia.

He also gave an explanation of which will be posted at a checkpoint between Kosovo and Central Serbia.

“The possibility of using personal documents issued from Pristina (Kosovo), is made exclusively for practical reasons for the relief provisions of the individual and of freedom of movement in accordance with the agreement on freedom of movement achieved in the dialogue in 2011, and may not be construed as recognition of the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo and predestination final status of Kosovo and cannot be regarded as the agreement of Belgrade on a retreat of UN security Council resolution 1244”, – stated in the explanation.

As for the re-registration of cars from the number issued by the authorities of Serbia on Kosovo licence plates, deadline Pristina for the local Serbs, ends on the 31st of October, the President of Serbia, remained open.