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Serbia And KosovoThe text of the Franco-German proposal for the normalization of bilateral relations by the European Union has been published.

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Relations and Security Policy Josep Borrell said: “The text of the agreement, announced by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti, that they have reached an agreement in principle, envisages the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia and their actual recognition of each other, although not officially.

The agreement, known as the Franco-German Plan, forbids Serbia to exert pressure against Kosovo’s membership in international organizations.

The agreement, which provides for the creation of the Union of Serbian Municipalities, which Kosovo strongly opposes, stipulates that the two countries open mutual representative offices in their respective capitals and recognize passports and license plates.

The full text of the agreement is as follows:

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The parties will develop normal good-neighborly relations on the basis of equal rights.

The parties will mutually recognize national documents and symbols, including passports, diplomas, license plates, and customs stamps.

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The parties shall abide by the goals and principles affirmed by the Charter of the United Nations, in particular the rights of sovereign states, their independence, self-governance, territorial integrity, the right to self-determination, the protection of human rights and non-discrimination. .

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Within the framework of the United Nations agreement, the two parties will resolve all disputes between them by peaceful means and refrain from the threat and use of force.

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Both parties will abandon the assumption that they can represent the other side internationally and act on its behalf.

Serbia will not oppose Kosovo’s membership in any international organization.

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Both parties will support EU membership approaches.

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Although this basic agreement constitutes an important step towards normalization, both sides will continue the process of dialogue that will lead to a comprehensive, legally binding normalization agreement, which the European Union is seeking with new impetus.

The two parties agree to deepen future cooperation in the fields of economy, science and technology, transportation, justice, relations in law enforcement, post, communications, health, culture, religion, sports, environmental protection, and finding missing persons.

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It is supported by both parties to reach a concrete arrangement to ensure an appropriate level of autonomy for the Serb community in Kosovo, drawing on relevant instruments of the Council of Europe and current European experience.

The parties will legitimize the status of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo within the framework of the current model in Europe and will ensure a high level of protection of the Serbian religious and cultural heritage.

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The two parties will have a common permanent mission. It will be located at the location of the relevant government headquarters.

Practical issues related to the deployment of missions will also be discussed.

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The two sides demonstrated the devoted approach of the European Union and other donors in preparing a financial support package for middle-party projects in economic development, integration, green transition and other key areas.

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The two parties will form a joint committee led by the European Union to oversee the implementation of this agreement.

The parties reaffirm their commitment to all previous agreements.

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