K. Albanian leaders on EULEX-MUP cooperation

PRIŠTINA

The president and government of Kosovo oppose the announced signing of an agreement between the Serbian police (MUP) and EULEX, reports from Priština said.

The deal is meant to foster cooperation between the EU mission in Kosovo and Serbia’s Interior Ministry and police.

But the Albanian language media are reporting this Tuesday that Kosovo Albanian leaders are “warning that the officials of the EU mission risk aggravating their relations with Kosovo institutions”. 

“The signing of the protocol on police cooperation between EULEX and Serbia’s MUP, by ignoring relevant Kosovo institutions, will worsen the relations between the European mission and the Kosovo government,” the cabinet of Premier Hashim Thaci said, according to the local media.

Thaci’s political Advisor Bekim Colaku said that there were different ways in which the implementation of this protocol could be blocked “should there be any disrespect of Kosovo statehood”.

He expressed his belief that EULEX will not “embark on adventures of the kind with the Serbian government”, thus jeopardizing the cooperation it has with Priština.

Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu also opposes the signing of the EULEX-MUP agreement.

“The signing of international agreements is in the sole jurisdiction of the institutions of the Republic of Kosovo, since Kosovo is an independent and sovereign country and no one is allowed to sign anything on its behalf,” Sejdiu’s spokesperson Dzavit Beciri said.

The protocol on police cooperation, which the EU mission in Kosovo will also sign “with the police officials of several other countries”, is aimed at establishing a more efficient exchange of information at the police level, Tanjug learned from EULEX.

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