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Vucic to meet with Kosovo’s officials in Brussels

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic announced on Sunday that dialogue with Pristina would be continued in Brussels on 24th January.

Vucic also said that the meeting will be attended by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic.

During a a press conference held at the Serbian government building in Belgrade Vucic “expressed hope that the upcoming talks in Brussels will be sufficiently rational, as to bringing weapons in an environment where the majority Serbs lives in Kosovo, stressing that it is important for Serbia to avoid conflicts and provocations,” the Serbian government said on its website.

Vucic said he was confident that the talks would be successful, and “stressed that he will invest a lot of effort and work that in order to provide an economically secure future for the citizens of Serbia.”

After meetings with the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Davos, he said that “the situation in the Western Balkans has calmed down.”

The upcoming talks in Brussels “will not be easy” Vucic remarked, as the discussion “starts from two opposing premises – that Kosovo is independent and that it is a part of Serbia.”

According to Vucic, “there was much talk about the train from Belgrade to Kosovska Mitrovica, but no one paid attention to 17 armoured vehicles and special units of the ROSU engaging in ethnic cleansing in Northern Kosovo”

He explained that “the Brussels agreement stipulates that the police units in the north of Kosovo-Metohija must be comprised in line with the ethnic composition of Kosovo, and that the same applies to special units,” the Serbian government said.

On Friday, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic told Russia’s Sputnik news agency that Belgrade expected the establishment of the Community of Serbian Municipalities (ZSO) to be on the negotiating table with Pristina in the next round of talks, and that Serbian officials would insist on that.

“Serbia is always in favour of dialogue because that is the only way to reduce tensions. This is why it is useful that Brussels gets involved to”, Dacic was quoted as saying.

Last week, Serbian officials informed all relevant international factors of the provocations instigated by Pristina, and the latest developments surrounding the case of preventing the train from Belgrade from entering Kosovska Mitrovica.

“We have informed everyone of Pristina’s latest provocations, and of what Serbia has done to preserve peace,” Dacic told Tanjug on Friday.

(B92, 23.01.2017)



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