Much of the agreement depends on cooperation between the Serbs in northern Kosovo and their leaders, all of whom reject the agreement and promise resistance. This community has a bad reputation today; They are portrayed as extremists, criminals or, at best, simply too few to play a role. This picture is unfair: as those who spend time in the North know, its inhabitants are hardly different from their Balkan neighbors. The rejection of the Belgrade-Pristina agreement stems from a fundamental patriotism common to most people who see that national borders are changing against their will. Given the almost total absence of law enforcement, the area is surprisingly peaceful; Since Kosovo`s declaration of independence in 2008, the north has killed only four people in the dispute. In times of tension, improvised bombs and gunshots explode, but are supposed to warn or intimidate and rarely hurt anyone. The only serious confrontations were between indigenous people and NATO peacekeepers when they tried to remove the barricades in 2011 and 2012. The agreement provides for the implementation of Kosovo legislation and a single judicial system for the whole country, including the serb-led northern part. The agreement between Kosovo and Serbia of 19 April is an earthquake in Balkan politics: the ground is wobbling, the known emblems have collapsed, the aftershocks are still rumbling and the new contours are slow. The two Prime Ministers initialled in Brussels a “first agreement in principle aimed at normalising relations”. The fifteen percentage point short text is the first bilateral agreement between Serbia and its former province; As the title suggests, it is unlikely to be the latter.
Curiously, neither government published it, although a supposedly authentic version was soon leaked to the Pristina press. With only 2 pages, the agreement has 15 paragraphs. Paragraphs 1 to 6 concern the establishment, scope and tasks of a community of Serb municipalities. Paragraphs 7 to 9 concern police and security structures and provide for the establishment of a police force called the “Kosovo Police” for the whole of Kosovo, including its northern parts. Paragraph 11 provides that municipal elections shall be held throughout Kosovo in accordance with Kosovar legislation. Paragraph 12 provides for the development of an implementation plan and sets a date (now elapsed) by which the plan is to be completed. . .