What does the French-German plan for Kosovo contain?

Following the five foreign diplomats – Emmanuel Bonne, Jens Plettner, Francesco Talo, Gabriel Escobar and Miroslav Lajcak – meeting with officials in Belgrade and Pristina and presenting what is the European proposal as a platform for continuing the dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo, here’s the ten-point French-German plan on which the platform is allegedly based.

Article 1

The parties will mutually develop normal, good neighbourly relations on the basis of equal rights.

Both parties will mutually recognize relevant documents and national symbols, including passports, diplomas, vehicle plates and customs stamps.

Article 2

Both parties will be guided by the purpose and principles established in the Charter of the United Nations, especially those on the sovereign rights of states, respect for their independence, autonomy and territorial integrity, the right to self-determination and the protection of human rights and non-discrimination.

Article 3

In accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, the parties shall settle all disputes between themselves only by peaceful means and shall refrain from the threat or use of force.

Article 4

The parties start from the assumption that none of them can represent the other party in the international sphere or act on its behalf.

Serbia will not oppose Kosovo’s membership in any international organization.

Article 5

Both sides will support their aspirations to become members of the European Union.

Article 6

While this basic agreement represents an important step in normalization, both sides will continue the EU-led dialogue process with renewed momentum, leading to a legally binding, comprehensive agreement to normalize relations.

The parties agree that in the future they will deepen cooperation in the fields of economy, science and technology, traffic and connectivity, relations in the judiciary and law enforcement, post and telecommunications, health, culture, religion, sports, environmental protection, missing persons. and other areas. similarly through reaching specific agreements

Article 7

Both sides advocate for the achievement of concrete arrangements, in accordance with the relevant instruments of the Council of Europe and using existing European experiences, in order to ensure an appropriate level of self-government for the Serbian community in Kosovo and the possibility of providing services in Kosovo. Kosovo. some specific areas, including the possibility of financial assistance from Serbia and direct channels of communication between the Serbian community and the Government of Kosovo.

The parties will formalize the status of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and ensure a high level of protection of Serbian religious and cultural heritage, in accordance with existing European models.

Article 8

The parties will exchange permanent missions. They will be located at the seat of the respective government.

Practical issues related to the deployment of missions will be addressed separately.

Article 9

The commitment of the EU and other donors to create a special package of financial assistance for joint projects of the parties for economic development, connectivity, green transition and other key areas was noted on both sides.

Article 10

The parties will establish a joint commission, chaired by the EU, which will monitor the implementation of this agreement.

Both parties confirm their obligations to implement all previous agreements.

The Serbian government and president Aleksandar Vučić are due to discuss the ten-point plan today.

(Danas, 23.01.2023)


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