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14 July 2005


for Question Time at the part-session in September II 2005

pursuant to Rule 109 of the Rules of Procedure

by Bernd Posselt

to the Council

  Subject: Minority rights in Serbia

 Answer in plenary 

Whilst the minorities in Kosovo have guaranteed seats in Parliament, in response to pressure from the Radical Party led by Vojslav Seselj, who is facing trial in The Hague, Serbia has been turned into a single constituency with no local seats and a five per cent threshold. As a result, the ethnic minorities living in potential crisis areas, i.e. the Vojvodina, the Sandzak region around Novi Pazar and the Presevo Valley, have been excluded on a de facto basis from involvement in parliamentary politics, even though they make up a majority of the population in their home regions.


Does the Council acknowledge the risks which may stem from this imbalance in the demands made on Kosovo and Serbia respectively, and what impact will this imbalance have on the preparations for the EU Treaty negotiations with Belgrade?



Tabled: 14.07.2005


Original language of question: DE 
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