Dacic: US administration changed it attitude towards Kosovo problem

First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Ivica Dacic said that there had been a change in the US stance in finding a lasting solution for Kosovo, and that the possibility of continuing the dialogue has been created.

He added that the United States administration is now open to talks and considering various solutions, including delimitation.

“It is true that there has been a change in the US’ official stance”, Dacic told reporters gathered at the Moskva Hotel in Belgrade, where he welcomed the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zaharova.

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“So far, the US position has been fixed on the Kosovo issue being done, while the US foreign policy has been on “autopilot” for a long time. Now, with the arrival of the new administration, it has all changed”, he said.

“They now have no preferences or suggested solutions, but they open to the possibility that Belgrade and Pristina can reach a mutually acceptable solution in a direct dialogue”, Dacic added.

After a meeting with Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, Dacic once again reminded that he has spoken openly about territorial division as the only solution for Kosovo. And according to him, for Russia is acceptable whatever is acceptable for Serbia.

Dacic went on to say that he and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic have been constantly talking about Kosovo with Russian officials.

“We are not doing anything behind the back of our main strategic partner, the country that is our biggest support (Russia)”, he said.

“This is the topic that is being discussed with the most important countries, regardless of the fact that the dialogue is mediated by the European Union. There is no permanent solution without the participation of other countries”, explained Dacic.

He thinks that the solution not in sight still and that it is too early to talk about it.

He points out that Serbia is continuing its fight to defend its sovereignty, territorial integrity and insistence on further withdrawal of recognitions of Kosovo’s independence and Kosovo’s participation in international organizations until the status is resolved.

“If there is no dialogue, we will never recognize the unilateral act of independence of Kosovo”, Dacic said.

Asked to comment on the proposal that Serbia should reintegrate the north of Kosovo, Dacic replied that he had been talking about that for 10 years and that he was glad that at least some politicians now agreed with that.

(Danas, 11.08.2018)


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