Kosovo’s new constitution comes into effect today.
It is another landmark move for the disputed territory, four months after it declared independence from Serbia.
From now on, the ethnic Albanian authorities there will take on many of the powers held by the UN which has administered Kosovo since 1999.
Kosovo’s President Fatmir Sejdiu is the first to recognize the scale of the task that lies ahead.
He says he expects Kosovo’s institutions to “take up their responsibilities,” helped by the international community “in the challenges they face, specifically in integrating a section of Kosovo’s citizens – the Serb citizens who refuse to understand and acknowledge this new reality.”
Like Belgrade, Kosovo’s minority Serbs firmly reject the territory’s breakaway and its constitution. They are expected to react by setting up their own governing institutions.
Serbia’s Coordinator for Kosovo Goran Arsic describes the constitution as “illegitimate and illegal.”
“For Serbia’s community, it does not exist. We will not accept it and will continue to work as we did before and as we are now,” he said.
Amid fears of ethnic tensions boiling over, the presence of international peacekeepers has been boosted in the predominantly Serb north. Meanwhile, an EU law-and-order mission for Kosovo continues to face major delays, because of objections by Serbia’s ally Russia at the United Nations.
Copyright © 2014 euronews
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2Iraq: Baghdad rally held against US ‘occupiers’ | euronews, world news
- 3Now is ‘right time’ for Catalonia independence vote, says Mas | euronews, world news
- 4Ukraine: Donetsk rebel weapons factory blows up | euronews, world news
- 5Vatican rocked by another paedophilia scandal | euronews, world news
- 6Two container ships collide on Egypt’s Suez Canal | euronews, no comment
- 7British Muslims’ message to ISIL: Not in my name! | euronews, world news
- 8Algeria: ISIL offshoot releases video threatening French hostage Hervé Gourdel | euronews, world news
- 9Sweden becomes first European nation to recognise Palestine | euronews, world news
- 10Thousands ‘evade’ Ebola lockdown in Sierra Leone | euronews, world news
- 11How nasheeds became the soundtrack of jihad | euronews, world news
- 12Emma Watson threatened with naked photos leak after UN equality speech | euronews, world news
- 13Iceland volcano ‘pollutes Paris’ | euronews, world news
- 14Learning through “serious games” | euronews, learning world
- 15euronews speaks to Ban Ki-moon ahead of key UN and climate change talks | euronews, the global conversation
- 16European Union News | euronews: latest breaking news and headlines about European Union
- 17Ebola: Six new suspected cases in Spain | euronews, world news
- 18International tv news | euronews: European and International tv news bulletin
- 19All you need to know about the Ebola virus | euronews, world news
- 20Global warming to ‘cause 250,000 extra deaths a year’ | euronews, world news
Wires > News
- 12:59 CET EU’s Ashton to stay on until end of Iran nuclear talks
- 12:54 CET Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to…
- 12:46 CET Bus accident kills 20 in Bangladesh, leaves 30 injured
- 12:08 CET Japanese PM Abe suffers setback as two ministers quit
- 11:28 CET China likely will never open all files on painful past, official…
- 11:09 CET Japan to send team to North Korea for update on abductions
- 10:10 CET Reform-minded outsider Widodo takes over as Indonesia’s president
- 09:28 CET Polish president wants euro decision after 2015 vote – report