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EU proposal/ Kurti discusses with representatives of Albanians and Bosniaks in Serbia

EU proposal/ Kurti discusses with representatives of Albanians and Bosniaks in

The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, discussed on Saturday the European Union's proposal for the normalization of relations with Serbia, with the representatives of the Albanians and Bosniaks in the Assembly of Serbia.

Kurti, together with the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Hajrulla Çeku, received on Saturday in Pristina, the Albanian MP, Shaip Kamberi, the chairman of the SDA Sanxhak party, Sulejman Ugljanin, and two other Bosnian MPs: Enis Imamović and Sellma Kučević.

In a press release, the Office of the Prime Minister said that "different communities must be treated without distinction within the framework of universal principles and in full harmony with the standards of the European Union" and that the rights of non-majority communities in Kosovo and Serbia reflect "democracy and our development as a society".

The four officials have said that they are dissatisfied with the status of Albanians and Bosniaks in general in Serbia, but have emphasized the situation in the municipalities of Novi Pazar, Tutin and Sjenica in Sanxhak, as well as Presheva, Medvegja and Bujanoc in the Valley.

"They asked for reciprocity of rights with the Serbs in the Republic of Kosovo", it was said in the communique.

SDA Sanxhak has two MPs in the current Assembly of Serbia, while the "Coalition of Albanians of the Valley" has one MP.

The EU proposal for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia was submitted to Kosovo and Serbia at the end of the summer, but its contents have not been made public.

Radio Free Europe has had access to a version of it, where mutual recognition between the two countries is not mentioned, but their commitment not to hinder each other in the integration processes.

Kosovo and Serbia have started negotiations for the normalization of relations in 2011, with the mediation of the European Union.

The negotiation process is expected to end with legally binding agreements.

Although Kosovo declares that this agreement should include mutual recognition, Serbia does not accept, insisting on a "compromise solution"./ REL

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