Vucic, Thaci and Mogherini reach progress on two issues in talks

Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic says that the new round of the Belgrade-Pristina talks, which started on Wednesday, in Brussels, was “very complex.”

Vucic added that the two sides agreed that they would continue to seek common ground for a compromise solution, and to preserve peace and stability in relations between Belgrade and Pristina.

In a brief statement to the press after the meeting, Vucic said that the talks were “certainly not easy and there were two things we agreed on.” 

The president stated that he would have nothing more to add, “but if I have to sum it up in one sentence, it would be that the Albanians and Hashim Thaci would like to get everything and seek everything for the Kosovo Albanians, while Belgrade is trying to find a compromise solution that would not demean either side.” 

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“It is important to talk, to preserve peace and solve problems “for the sake of the future, because of the future, and to avoid conflicts like what happened before” – Vucic added.

Asked by the journalists whether they he would “accept Kosovo’s independence of Kosovo”, Vucic said: “I have this kind of conversation on a daily basis – whether we will achieve a compromise, what would be a compromise solution… The only compromise solution that Kosovo officials advocate, especially Hashim Thaci, is the recognition of an independent state of Kosovo. That’s not how it works.” 

We must, he added, sit down and try to each tell our citizens that we need to reach a compromise on many important issues. 

When a reporter remarked that the previous meeting in Brussels also resulted in an agreement to solve problems in a peaceful manner, and that, since then there had been several incidents (in Kosovo), Vucic said that that was discussed too, and that “certain technical steps have been undertaken today to prevent such things from happening in the future.” 

He underlined that his job was to take care of the safety of the Serbs and preserve their security. When asked what further steps he expected in terms of the dialogue, Vucic said, “the question is difficult, and the answer even more complicated for the simple reason that this problem has existed for 150 years and more in various shapes and forms.” 

“But, I don’t think that any of us have the right to break off the dialogue and leave everything to be solved by emotions and passions. That is why Serbia is determined to continue the talks in good faith and with best intent to reach a solution,” said the president, adding, “As to whether we reach a solution… whether we can offer some sort of solution for our respective societies… That remains to be seen. In the present situation, we are not close to that.” 

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, Federica Mogherini and the presidents of Serbia and Kosovo, Aleksandar Vucic and Hashim Thaci respectively, on Wednesday in Brussels discussed the progress in the talks about the legally binding agreement on normalization of relations.

(B92, 18.07.2018)


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