Kosovo Agreement

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The agreement focuses on « economic normalization », but it also contains points that have nothing to do with relations between Serbia and Kosovo. Thirdly, Kosovo`s agreement on membership of the « mini-Schengen zone » has no practical value. On the formal level, there is no unity like the « schengen mini-zone » – it is something fictitious. The so-called « Schengen mini-zone » means nothing more than rhetorical support from Albania, Northern Macedonia and Serbian leaders (who met three times in Novi Sad, Ohrid and Durres between October and December 2019) to develop plans that would facilitate cross-border travel and merchandise exchanges between the countries concerned. Therefore, if no concrete steps are taken to formalize such cooperation plans, Kosovo`s commitment to join the « mini-Schengen zone » will not bring much water to the normalization of its economic relations with Serbia. The over-emphasis on the details of the agreement is likely to be misleading; Many of its provisions are amended in practice and some may be forgotten over time. The Economic Normalization Agreements of Kosovo and Serbia are a couple of documents in which Kosovo and Serbia have agreed to facilitate economic normalization between them. [1] The documents were signed on 4 September 2020 at the White House, in the presence of US President Donald Trump, by Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti and Serbia President Aleksandar Vuéié. [2] The representative of Vietnam and other speakers welcomed the resumption of talks between Belgrade and Pristina, as well as the recent agreement on the normalization of economic relations. However, he deplored the persistent lack of implementation on the ground and called on both sides to take confidence-building measures to achieve a lasting negotiated solution. On September 4, the Trump administration received delegations from Kosovo and Serbia at the White House to culminate in a process of normalization between the two countries from the outset. At the glittering signing ceremony in the Oval Office, Serbia and Kosovo agreed to continue « economic normalization » by signing a number of commitments. However, there was not a single document signed by the two parties, but two separate documents quite similar, signed individually by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and The Kosovar Prime Minister, Avdullah Hoti.

It is equally important that the United States does not sign these documents either. In short, what was signed in the Oval Office was simply not a bilateral agreement. If we look at the content of both documents, there are other issues that we need to question. The Serbia-Kosovo deal helps Trump argue that he has made progress where Europe has failed and eliminated the chaos left by Democrat Bill Clinton after NATO`s intervention in Kosovo 21 years ago. In the discussion that followed, the members of the Council generally welcomed the recent agreement on economic normalization and the resumption of EU-backed talks.

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