Thaci: No Autonomy for Northern Kosovo

Kosovo’s PM Hashim Thaci has ruled out any possibility of autonomy for the Serb-run northern Kosovo.The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, said that the autonomy for Northern Kosovo was “just an old dream of Serbia’s that will never come true”.

“The idea that has been presented in the Serbian media will not come true in independent and sovereign Kosovo that has an extremely big support of the US and the EU,” Thaci told reporters on Saturday.

He is convinced that the political talks between Belgrade and Pristina will end with a mutual recognition.

The EU-mediated talks between Kosovo and Serbia started in March 2011, three years after Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008.

However, the Deputy Director of the Serbian government’s Office for Kosovo, Mirko Ilic, has stated that twinning of towns and municipalities in Kosovo with towns from central Serbia proves that his country has not given up on its former southern province.

The ceremony of twinning will be held in the village of Leposavic in northern Kosovo on Sunday.

Northern Kosovo has long been prone to violence. Its population, almost entirely comprised of Serbs, does not recognise Kosovo’s independence or the ethnic Albanian-led government in Pristina.

The region is under the de-facto control of the so-called parallel institutions funded by Belgrade, which include town councils, health authorities, post offices and schools.

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