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Parliament starts debates on Kosovo statute; Ponta, Corlatean discuss on Monday with foreign policy committees

Prime Minister Victor Ponta and Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean on Monday will have a meeting with the members of the foreign policy committees of the Deputies' Chamber and Senate, to discuss the agreement between Belgrade and Pristina on the normalisation of the relations between the two sides.

The debate will aim at the agreement between Belgrade and Pristina on the normalisation of the relations between the two countries, signed on April 19, 2013, under the coordination of the EU and of EU's High Representative for Foreign Policy Catherine Ashton, as well as its impact on the processes of European and Euro-Atlantic integration in the Balkans.

The announcement of the Legislature concerning the initiation of this debate was made the day in which Serbian Prime Minister Ivca Dacic paid a visit to Bucharest. He said he understood very well the pressures made on Romania to recognise Kosovo's independence and gave guarantees that Belgrade wanted to solve as soon as possible the problems with Pristina, based on some acceptable solutions for both sides.

The European Parliament on April 18 issued a resolution demanding the five EU member states which had not recognised yet Kosovo's independence, among which Romania, to do it. Subsequently, Prime Minister Victor Ponta said that Romania needed to join the European family in this matter.

Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean on May 16 announced he would debate in Parliament the agreement between Belgrade and Pristina on the normalisation of their relations, in the context in which Romania, a country having not recognised Kosovo's independence yet, was willing to revise its position.

Corlatean also explained on March 2 that Romania, as a state having not recognised Kosovo's independence yet, had to take into account the evolution of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.

The government leaders in Serbia and Kosovo on April 19, in Brussels, announced they reached an agreement in principle on the normalisation of the relations between Belgrade and Pristina, at the end of several months of difficult negotiations.

The European Union clearly pointed that in the absence of an agreement meant to normalise the bilateral relations, Serbia's and Kosovo's approach to the EU would be compromised.

 

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