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Kosovo leaders sign draft constitution

[JURIST] Top officials in Kosovo [JURIST news archive] signed [press release, in Albanian] the country's new draft constitution [text] Monday. The constitution now goes to the Assembly of Kosovo [official website], which is expected to approve it. Last Thursday, the European Union certified [JURIST report] that the seceded Serbian province's constitution is in line with its international obligations, guaranteeing the individual and community rights of all its citizens.

Kosovo's constitution is slated to come into effect on June 15, close to the date that EULEX Kosovo [planning website], a 1,800-strong European Union police and justice mission [Reuters report], will assume authority from the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) [official website], despite reservations from some EU member states that have declined to recognize [JURIST reports] the Assembly of Kosovo's February unilateral declaration of Kosovo's independence [text; JURIST report] from Serbia. RIA Novosti has more.

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