14 December 2015 The Chairman of the Committee on Kosovo-Metohija Milovan Drecun and the students of Belgrade faculties

14 December 2015 The Chairman of the Committee on Kosovo-Metohija Milovan Drecun and the students of Belgrade faculties

Monday, 14 December 2015

Belgrade Students Visit National Assembly

The Chairman of the Committee on Kosovo-Metohija Milovan Drecun met today with a group of students of Belgrade faculties to discuss the Committee’s work, the current situation in Kosovo-Metohija and the normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina.


The students of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights, organisation promoting cooperation among young people, wanted to learn about the activities and work of the Committee on Kosovo-Metohija before their visit to the province.

Committee Chairman Milovan Drecun presented the Committee’s scope, activities and plans, as well as the results of the Board of Inquiry to Ascertain the Facts on the Manner of Expenditure of Republic of Serbia Budgetary Funds on the Territory of the Autonomous Province of Kosovo-Metohija in the period 2000-2012 and the Working Group for the Collection of Facts and Evidence for the Investigation of Crimes Committed against Serbs and Other National Communities in Kosovo-Metohija. He said that the Committee is following the process of normalisation of Belgrade-Pristina relations and has noted a two-pronged obstruction of the agreements by Pristina – obstruction of the establishment of the Community of Serb municipalities and prevention of talks about property, return of the exiles, status of the Serbian Orthodox Church, etc. Drecun reminded the students that the normalisation process is conducted in a status neutral framework, that is, Belgrade is negotiating with the provisional institutions of self-government in Kosovo-Metohija.

“We await the establishment of the Community of Serb municipalities which is crucial for the institutional framework protecting the status of the Serbian people and ensuring their survival in Kosovo-Metohija”, concluded Drecun.

The Chairman of the Committee on Kosovo-Metohija said that the EU did not condition Serbia as regards the opening of Chapter 35, adding that Serbia is dedicated to the normalisation of relations with the Albanian side, which is the cornerstone of the stability of the entire region and of the survival of the Serbian people in Kosovo-Metohija.

Speaking with the Chairman of the Committee on Kosovo-Metohija, the students had questions about the Working Group for the Collection of Facts and Evidence for the Investigation of Crimes Committed against Serbs and Other National Communities in Kosovo-Metohija, the concrete results it has achieved, its work methodology and specific cases. They also spoke about the Committee’s cooperation with other organisations in possession of information about the suffering of Serbs in Kosovo-Metohija, negotiation Chapter 35 and the contribution the Committee can offer during the talks, mechanisms that will bring Chapter 35 to its conclusion, situation in the field, EU’s mediation in the process of normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, etc.

The Chairman of the Committee on Kosovo-Metohija met with the students of the Faculty of Political Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of European Legal and Political Studies, Faculty of Media and Communication, Faculty of Philology and Faculty of Philosophy.



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