Nationalist Vetevendosja movement steps up pressure on government to act on parliament motion demanding trade boycott of Serbia.

Fatmir Aliu

BIRN Pristina

The Vetevendosja [Self-Determination] movement, the second biggest opposition party in parliament, has called upon Kosovo’s government to slap sanctions on Serbia or face street protests and and appeal to the Constitutional Court.

“We plan to use all legal means to make the government implement the motion or it is either the streets [protests] or the Constitutional Court,” Glauk Konjufca, Vetevendosja’s vice-president, told Balkan Insight on Thursday.

“Our motion has made it clear that Kosovo should introduce political reciprocal measures against Serbia,” he added.

One week ago Kosovo’s parliament passed a motion urging the government to undertake “full political, economical and trade reciprocal measures” against Serbia in retaliation to Serbia’s longstanding boycott of products carrying Serbian labels.

During the vote, 42 MPs voted for the motion, 33 voted against and two abstained. Afterwards some deputies admitted that they had voted by mistake for the motion and asked to be allowed to withdraw their votes. The plea was rejected.

Kosovo’s government, led the Hashim Thaci, has made no move towards implementing the opposition motion.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Hajredin Kuci, on Wednesday said the executive was mulling drafting another motion and then presenting that to parliament for adoption instead.

Kuci mocked the opposition movement’s apparent indecision over “whether it wants to play a role in the parliament or the streets”.

But Konjufca said the government was fully aware that it was “breaching the Constitution by not implementing the motion”.

Besides Vetevendosje, Kosovo’s biggest opposition party, the Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK, said it also considers that the government is breaching the Constitution by not implementing the motion.

Arben Gashi, a senior LDK official, says the party has not yet decided whether it will support Vetevendosja’s initiative to address the Constitutional Court on the issue.

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