Serbia parliament votes for new constitution highlighting Kosovo claim Natalie Hrubos at 1:59 PM ET
[JURIST] The Serbian parliament approved a new draft constitution [press release; text in Serbian, DOC] for the country Saturday declaring Kosovo [JURIST news archive] part of Serbia. The parliament's unanimous support for the draft, which still needs to be approved by a majority of voters, reflects the country's opposition to independence [Foreign Affairs report] for the province. The preamble to the new charter reads:
Starting from the fact that Kosovo-Metohija is a constituent part of Serbias territory and that it has essential autonomy within the sovereign Serbian state, that all state organs are bound by the Constitution to represent and protect Serbias state interests in Kosovo-Metohija in all interior and foreign political relations, the citizens of Serbia hereby pass the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia
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