Knaus: Kosovo will not be on the Council of Europe's agenda on May 17, her letter came late
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Gerald Knaus, from the European Initiative for Stability, says that he does not expect Kosovo to be on the agenda of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on May 17, where it would be possible to vote for its admission to this organization.

This, in spite of the fact that Kosovo said on Thursday that it has sent a letter to the Council of Europe to inform it that it is preparing the draft statute for the Association of municipalities with a Serbian majority, to be submitted to the Constitutional Court for consideration.

"I think the letter came a little late", says Knaus, who has closely followed Kosovo's journey towards the Council of Europe.

"But I think that the member countries should say that they support the Kosovo initiative and should call for an extraordinary summit soon - hopefully within a few weeks", he says to Radio Free Europe.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has voted for the admission of Kosovo on April 16 and the final decision has passed to the Committee of Ministers.

Meanwhile, some countries such as Germany and France have asked Kosovo to take concrete steps towards the establishment of the association, to convince the skeptical governments to vote in its favor for membership in the Council of Europe.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Donika Gërvalla, today asked the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Council of Europe to include Kosovo's membership in the agenda, after the letter in which the government pledges to draft and send a draft statute for the establishment of the association of municipalities with a Serbian majority.

Gërvalla, in a press conference on Thursday, said that this draft document would fulfill Kosovo's international obligations, as well as fully respect the Constitution and laws of Kosovo. According to her, regardless of how this offer of the Kosovar side will be accepted, the process will continue for the drafting of the association draft and its delivery to the Constitutional Court.

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