Dacic: Only 1.9 pct of 220,000 expelled Serbs returned to Kosovo

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NEW YORK – Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said in New York late on Monday that Serbia was committed to the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina and stressed the importance of the Community of Serb Municipalities (ZSO), which he said had not yet been set up despite the Brussels agreement providing for that – a negative message sent to both the Serb community and the EU.

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Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting on Kosovo, Dacic also warned of the rise of religious extremism in the province and the fact that only 1.9 percent of the 220,000 Serbs expelled from Kosovo had returned to their homes in the province.

Given the circumstances in which they live, the Serb people see the only guarantee of thier survival and development in in Kosovo in what the EU guarantees them in the Brussels agreement, Dacic said.

We are speaking about the establishment of the Community of Serb municipalities, which would articulate the interests of the Serb population and offer an institutional mechanism for collective management and protection of its fundamental rights, and contribute to further normalization of relations, said Dacic.

Although all reports by the UN secretary general have recognized the need of setting up the ZSO as soon as possible, it has not yet been done, the minister said, pointing out that instead, the so-called Constitutional Court of Kosovo was reviewing and making de facto changes to the Brussels agreement.

This is a negative message to the Serb community, but also to the EU as mediator and the UN, said Dacic.

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