Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/kosovo : Eulex Deployment Continues despite Rejection of Un Plan

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/kosovo : Eulex Deployment Continues despite Rejection of Un Plan

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The EU will stick to its EULEX deployment plans despite the failure of talks on the UN-proposed six-point plan on the reconfiguration' of the international presence in Kosovo, an EU official told Europolitics New Neighbours. Amid disagreements between Belgrade and Pristina over the recent UN proposal, "we are continuing to make all necessary preparations to achieve full EULEX deployment by beginning of December," the official said.

His comment came after Serbia decided, on 18 November, to break off its engagement in talks on the EULEX deployment, which the country has been holding with the UN and Pristina over the past few weeks following Kosovo's definitive rejection the same day of the UN's six-point plan.

"We greatly appreciate the efforts of the international community to persuade the organs in Pristina that the road of compromise is the only road forward that will enable peace and stability in the southern province. As far as we're concerned, the talks are over," Serbia's Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic told the state television RTS, on 18 November, and added that Serbia expects the agreement reached with the UN to be confirmed at the UN Security Council as soon as possible.

Earlier the same day, Kosovo's President Fatmir Sejdiu and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci rejected the six-point plan "in its entirety" following a three-hour discussion with the International High Representative to Kosovo, Peter Feith, and US Under Secretary of State Daniel Fried. …

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