Macron:”Serbia belongs in the EU”

It is important for Serbia to push forward with its commitments by aligning its positions with those of Europe, said French President Emmanuel Macron following his meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Paris.

Macron recalled the meeting in Tirana, as well as the meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, but many other points, including the liberalization of media, which he said were important on the European path.

The French President said Serbia should not doubt Europe’s intention to welcome it into its fold, and stressed that France will do all in its power to ensure that the obligations undertaken by the Brussels agreement a year ago are fulfilled.

Addressing a joint media conference with Vucic at the Élysée Palace, Macron said the frequent contacts testify to the bilateral relations and to the importance attached to relations between Serbia and France.

Serbia’s accession to the European Union (EU) and France’s role in the Union are at the heart of our partnership, said Macron adding that, as the Ukrainian war enters its third year, efforts are being made to unite Europe, and that Serbia’s membership is in Europe’s best interest.

The French President said Serbia needs to continue aligning its positions with Europe.

Regarding the issue of Kosovo, Macron noted that all obligations under the 2023 Brussels Agreement must be met and that he would discuss this with Vucic at their meeting because all the steps defined by the agreement are essential.

Macron said it was important to bring to justice all the participants of the attack in Banjska, northern Kosovo, and that, on the other hand, tensions created by the Kosovo government’s decisions regarding the Serb-majority municipalities need to be overcome.

The French President said he is aware of Serbia’s obligations under the agreement, but that he also wants to see the Pristina authorities meet their obligations, and for the elections in Kosovo to have democratic legitimacy, especially those in Serb-dominated municipalities.

“I am aware of the difficulties in reaching a compromise, but I hope that the leaders will have the vision and the strength to persevere in this and contribute to stability in the region”, said Macron, adding he appreciates Vucic’s commitment to a unified Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Vucic thanked Macron “for always wanting to hear” Serbia’s position, and for the great support for Serbia, “not only on its European path, but also for protecting it when it was not easy because some just couldn’t wait to find a good enough reason for a showdown with Serbia.”

(Danas, 09.04.2024)

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