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Vucic calls the letter to the Association a fraud, Kurti demands that Serbia hand over Radoicic

Albin Kurti

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From the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Kotor, the President of Serbia, Aleksandër Vučić, described the letter of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Donika Gërvalla, that Kosovo will draw up a draft statute for the establishment of the Association of municipalities with a Serbian majority, as another fraud. Prime Minister Albin Kurti has asked Serbia to hand over to Kosovo Milan Radoicic and his armed group that attacked Banjska in Zveçan in September of last year

The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, has called the announcement by Kosovo that it intends to draw up a draft statute for the establishment of an association of municipalities with a Serbian majority a "fraud and frivolous effort".

Shortly after the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Donika Gërvalla, announced on Thursday morning that she has sent a letter to the Council of Europe to inform it that Kosovo will prepare the draft statute for the Association, to then submit it for consideration by the Constitutional Court, and that he expects to accept Kosovo as the newest member this week, Vucic has emphasized that Kosovo cannot make such a draft statute without the agreement of the neighboring state.

"Who are you to submit this text? The Brussels agreement is quite clear, that it should be done with the agreement of Serbia, or if we agree, as we have agreed contextually, conceptually and in principle that it should be a text submitted by the EU", said Vučić in The summit of the leaders of the Western Balkans and those of the European Union (EU), which took place in Montenegro.

Etek has spoken about the importance of good neighborly relations from the city of Kotor, where the Summit was held, Prime Minister Albin Kurti has repeated the request that Serbia hand over to Kosovo, Milan Radoicić and his group that at the end of last September have undertaken armed attack on the police in Banjska i Zveçani. 

"Good neighborly relations with de facto and de jure recognition are important for peace, security and integration. Therefore, I am asking Serbia to hand over to Kosovo Milan Radoicić and his paramilitary group that killed our sergeant Afrim Bunjaku on September 24 of last year," he said.
Kurti also ordered the European Union to act according to the democratic progress and reforms of the countries of the region. 
The European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, Oliver Varhelji, and the US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, James O'Brien, gave special emphasis at the Summit to the Western Balkans Growth Plan. They have expressed the position that the plan is no longer a draft, but a guide which will bring benefits to all the citizens of the region. 
"Due to the Growth Plan and the intensity of aid from the economic and investment plan, the agenda of reforms and additional financial aid until 2027, the Balkans will be ready or can be ready, or can become ready to be joined the EU", emphasized Varhelji. 
E O'Brien has said that the priority of the Plan is to create a single market for the circulation of money, to reduce costs, to facilitate the movement of the market and to create more jobs.
"The messages of the Plan are that for every participant, the message is clear - do your job and don't ask someone else to do something first, in order to do yours", he announced.
The Growth Plan for the countries of the Western Balkans represents a clear signal of the EU's commitment to the economic and democratic transformation of these countries, said the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Milojko Spajic, at the Summit. The Council of the EU has approved a plan of 6 billion euros to support the countries of the Western Balkans in order to accelerate reforms and economic growth, of which two billion euros are grants and four billion euros are favorable loans guaranteed by EU.
Of this amount, 2 billion will be grants and 4 billion soft loans, which will be given by the EU.
During the Summit, Prime Minister Kurti confirmed his commitment to the reforms that must be made in order to implement the Plan. The Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, has emphasized the importance of regional cooperation on the road to the EU.
"It is time for the region to become part of Europe's digital portfolio. Individually, we all got involved and we aim to be ready by 2027", he said.
The summit is the third meeting held this year between the countries of the Western Balkans and the EU. The previous two were held in Skopje and Tirana during the past months.