Kosovo’s Supreme Court suspends EU-brokered deal

Highest court in Kosovo suspends EU-backed deal that gives further privileges to Serbian communities in Kosovo

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A protester supporting opposition shouts in front of the Parliament building in Pristina on October 23, 2015

The Constitutional Court of Kosovo on Tuesday suspended the implementation of an agreement brokered by European Union that gives greater privileges to Serbian communities who live in the country.

The Republic of Serbia does not officially recognise Kosovo - its former province - who declared its independence in 2008.

Albanians in Kosovo have gathered on the streets to protest against the deal many times. Many, including members of parliament are against the deal that was mapped out in Brussels, since the agreement may result in possible funding from Belgrade.

Following the protests, Kosovo’s President Atifete Jahjaga asked the Constitutional Court if the rule was acceptable under the constitution.

The court delayed to implemention “any further legal actions” until a final verdict.

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic addressed that the court’s decision to delay the agreement would be a “threat to regional stability.”

"Pristina is mocking both the international community and the European Union," Dacic said.

"The core of the Brussels agreement is the establishment of ZSO [Community of Serb municipalities], and this move stands as Pristina's major blow to the dialogue in Brussels, which thus loses its point."

Kosovo and Serbia are both trying to become members of the EU, but the border dispute between the two countries are preventing any steps in the EU accession process.

Police stand in front of the seat of the president of the parliament to prevent tear gas and other objects from being thrown by the opposition who demanding cancellation of an EU-brokered agreement with Serbia / Photo by Reuters

To end this dispute and to normalise the relation of the two countries, the EU brokered an agreement stating that diplomatic relations would start between Belgrade and Pristina.

On the other hand, 111 countries recognise Kosovo as an independent state. In the United Nations, however, Serbia’s ally, the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China - as a permanent members of Security Council - does not recognise Kosovo as an independent state.

TRTWorld and agencies