Ana Brnabic, the Prime Minister of Serbia, said on Friday she believed Belgrade and Pristina were increasingly far off from reaching a compromising solution in normalisation of relations, adding her country was all but a dictatorship, the Beta news agency reported.
But, she added, some compromise had to be found if Serbia wanted to join the European Union.
In an interview with the Pink television, Brnabic said that due to the 100 percent import duties on goods from Serbia and Bosnia which Pristina introduced last November and because of the forming of Kosovo army a month ago and the announcement of the removal of Kosovo – Albania border, the two sides were getting more farther away.
“I think we are far off from a compromise,” she told the TV.
Brnabic added the frozen conflict with Pristina meant Serbia could not join the EU and because of that, the issue should be solved in a compromise which would guarantee peace, stability and a better life for the Kosovo Serbs.
“Kosovo and Metohija (Serbia’s official name for its former province) is an autonomous province in Serbia, and let’s talk,” she said.
However, Pristina has quite the opposite stand, saying let's talk about the mutual recognition and the seat in the UN.
Kosovo unilaterally declared independence in 2008 and had been recognised by some 100 countries worldwide, including the US and 23 out of 28 EU member states.
Belgrade refuses to accept Kosovo as an independent state and is against its UN membership.
Serbia has support from Russia and China, the permanent members of the UN Security Council with veto power which could prevent the change in the Resolution 1244 passed at the end of the 1998-1999 Kosovo war enabling the international civilian and military missions in Kosovo, but remaining neutral concerning its final status.
Pristina insists on changing the Resolution.
Besides the Kosovo issue, Brnabic commented on the media freedom in Serbia, saying she was proud of the level of that freedom in her country.
“I think it’s a shame to describe Serbia as a dictatorship. Those who say that don't know the meaning of a dictatorship or are just playing with the word,” Brnabic said.
She added she did not think the media situation was great, but, according to her, it was “much, much better than in 2003, or 2005, or 2009 and 2011,” i.e., before the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) led by the current President Aleksandar Vucic came to power in 2012.
Brnabic was appointed a prime minister as an independent candidate but had recently said she was thinking of joining the SNS.