A new constitution has been adopted by Kosovo’s parliament, almost two months after the country declared its independence from Serbia. The charter pledges to build a state that protects minorities like the Serbs, who strongly opposed Kosovo’s split.
Kosovo president, Fatmir Sejdiu (photo), told reporters that “Serbs are the citizens of Kosovo.” He added“We want them to be an important foundation and a bridge for the future better relations with the state of Serbia.”
The new constitution was unanimously approved, on Wednesday, in Pristina by Kosovo’s parliament, during a special session. The UN is due to complete a handover of powers to the new state, on June 15, which is when the text will come into force.
It paves the way for Kosovo to take over from the UN mission, which has administrated the territory since the end of its 1998-1999 conflict. With a 2,000 strong police supervisory mission in Kosovo, the EU will help overseeing independence.
Since Kosovo declared its independence, in February, it’s been recognised by almost 40 countries, including the US and most of the EU.
But Russia still stands by its traditional ally, Serbia, and opposes the move. And Belgrade keeps on refusing to accept Kosovo’s independence, Slobodan Samardzic, Serbian Minister for Kosovo, called the charter’s adoption an “illegal act” .
The charter adoption will probably be an important subject of talks, as UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, is coming to Moscow.