U.S. Senate concerned about democracy in Serbia

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee expressed deep concern about the state of democracy in Serbia.

The Committee adopted the Western Balkans Democracy and Prosperity Act which said that “the parliamentary and local elections held in Serbia on December 17, 2023, and their immediate aftermath are cause for deep concern about the state of Serbia’s democracy”.

It recalled that the OSCE/ODIHR final report on the elections found unjust conditions and numerous procedural deficiencies. “The OSCE also noted that Serbian officials accused primarily peaceful protestors, opposition parties, and civil society of ‘‘attempting to destabilize the government’’, a concerning allegation that threatens the safety of important elements of Serbian society,” the Act said.

The Act also mentioned that the Agreement on the Path to Normalization of Relations agreed by Belgrade and Pristina in February 2023 “is a positive step forward in advancing normalization between the two countries”.

“Serbia and Kosovo should seek to make immediate progress on the Implementation Annex to the agreement and once sufficient progress has been made on the Implementation Annex, the United States should consider advancing initiatives to strengthen bilateral relations with both countries, which could include establishing bilateral strategic dialogues with Kosovo and Serbia and advancing concrete initiatives to deepen trade and investment with both countries,” it added.

“The United States should continue to support a comprehensive final agreement between Kosovo and Serbia based on mutual recognition,” the Act said.

(Nova.rs, 16.04.2024)

https://nova.rs/vesti/politika/zakonski-predlog-o-balkanu-pred-odborom-americkog-senata-duboka-zabrinutost-zbog-izbora-u-srbiji/

 

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