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Thaçi wants to bypass Kosovo’s Parliament ratifying any deals signed with Vučić

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Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaçi has been looking for ways to sign a deal with Serbia that would resolve the conflict between the two countries without it being ratified in Parliament, MIA’s Pristina correspondent reports.

To bypass a parliamentary vote on the outcome from his talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, Thaçi recently asked Kosovo’s Constitutional Court for a reinterpretation of Article 18 of the country’s Constitution. The Article regulates the ways Kosovo’s international agreements are reached.

In his request, Thaçi argued that some of Kosovo’s bilateral agreements are already being reached without parliamentary input, such as those signed with the EU through its Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX). These agreements, he noted, are finalized after Kosovo’s President and EULEX’s head of mission sign Letters of Intent.

According to media reports in Pristina, however, the Article Thaçi wants reinterpreted foresees that any international deals regarding Kosovo’s territory, peace, alliances, defense, and security issues need to be ratified by a two-thirds parliamentary vote.

After receiving Thaçi’s request, Kosovo’s Constitutional Court forwarded it to Kosovo’s Parliament.

Parliament Speaker Kadri Veseli distributed it to MPs late Thursday evening and asked them to make their positions known by Sept. 28.

Political analysts in Kosovo are saying that Thaçi is putting pressure on the Constitutional Court in an attempt to make room for his and his Serbian counterpart’s intentions to resolve the conflict between the two countries through an exchange of territories.

The territorial swap—which would mean that Kosovo gains control over Preševo Valley and Serbia gets parts of northern Kosovo—has been described as a “border correction” by Thaçi and as “demarcation with the Albanians” by Vučić.