Milivojevic: CSM Discussions and the Macron-Sholz plan will follow

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After Pristina's decision to postpone the measure of re-registration of vehicles with Serbian license plates, it is clear that in future negotiations there will be two topics on the table – the Community of Serb-majority Municipalities and a platform for future negotiations on the normalization of relations, which will be based on the Macron-Soltz plan, says former diplomat Zoran Milivojevic, RTV reports.

In a statement for Tanjug, Milivojevic points out that the EU's insistence that the platform for future negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina be the Macron-Scholz plan, which was later defined as the European plan, is the most delicate and sensitive part of the negotiations in the upcoming period because it is based on something unacceptable for Serbia, to prioritize the status of Kosovo.

"This means that the agreement on normalization should also mean a solution to the status issue, i.e. the recognition of Kosovo, which is unacceptable for Serbia. We are still not familiar with that plan, because we only know what appeared in nine points and which was based on the German model," Milivojevic points out.

He says that we are entering that phase when, on the one hand, a concession will be made to Serbia due to the talks on the CSM; the attempt to return the situation to the previous state, and for the Serbs to return to the institutions; to comply with their request to the end; to implement the CSM to the end and to suspend unilateral measures.

On the other hand, he emphasizes, they will insist on the European plan, which is not pleasant for Serbia.

Regarding the CSM, Milivojevic says that, for Serbia, there are no more negotiations.

As he points out, Serbia believes that the CSM was clearly defined by the agreement from April 19, 2013, and clearly presented in organizational and functional terms by the supplementary agreement in 2015, where it was elaborated to the end and that it can only be implemented that way and that is not subjected to any corrections, including Constitutional Court of Kosovo.

"Simply, the Brussels Agreement is an older document than any regulation on the internal level, and the CSM should be implemented, as defined by the Brussels Agreement, and be incorporated into the political system of Kosovo and Metohija and applied in such a form when it comes to composition, jurisdiction, functioning and everything else. Because it is a guarantee for the survival of the Serbs and the possibility of their action in the conditions of normal life and survival in Kosovo," Milivojevic says.

He adds that there is simply no chance that Serbia will give up on it or accept to discuss that again.

When asked why the Prime Minister of Pristina's temporary institutions, Albin Kurti, had changed his mind and postponed the decision on re-registration, Milivojevic says that it is indisputable that he did so under pressure from the American side.

"We saw that in the decision to extend the deadline by 48 hours after the message of the American ambassador in Pristina, and certainly America confirmed that it has a dominant role. The Europeans just followed it and an agreement was reached based on the unsuccessful talks. That the measure should be suspended and that the Serbian side should not issue new license plates," Miliviojevic states and adds that everything will remain the same until a permanent solution is reached.

He believes that Washington and Brussels pressured Kurti for three reasons - firstly, to avoid escalation, which at this moment was the obvious interest of the West, secondly, that the position of the Serbian side, its position and demands cannot be ignored, and thirdly, that the unilateral behavior of Pristina cannot be tolerated, which, as it has now been shown, did not correspond to Western interests either.