Palme: Pristina should talk with the Serbs in Kosovo

Palme: Pristina should talk with the Serbs in KosovoSpokesman of the International Civilian Office, Christian Palme considers that...Photo 1/1
Written by M-Magazine Thursday, 10 May 2012 | 15:32

Spokesman of the International Civilian Office, Christian Palme considers that Kosovo government needs to engage more about citizens in northern Kosovo, respectively to begin a dialogue with the Serbs in Kosovo.

Palme in the statement for Radio "Free Europe” he pointed out that it is viable that local Self
Government in all municipalities and respect of linguistic and other rights of communities is the
best model for Kosovo, including in the north.

"Our daily commitment with citizens in the north shows that the interest for sustainable Local
Self Government is increasing as well as interest and appetite to have their voices heard,
including local decision making", said Palma.

He added that the community consultation key for sustainable projects and creating connections
between the Kosovo government and residents in northern Kosovo, emphasizing that this kind
of cooperation shall "lead to the development of legitimate, transparent and functioning of local
governments in the region".

This Palmel's statement arrives two days after the EU Special Representative in Kosovo, Samuel
Zbogar requested again from the Kosovo government to prepare the plan for north, on which
could agree and local Serbs. Request on comprehensive agenda for the North comes back from
last years Progress Report from European Commission. The Kosovo authorities, however, still
did not officially come out with any plan. / Kim radio /