US Senators Ron Johnson and Chris Murphy said in Belgrade on Friday that Washington supports the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and will back an agreement reached by the two sides.
The senators are members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and were in Belgrade following a visit to Pristina.
Speaking to the media after a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Johnson (R-Wisconsin) said that America is a friend of the Serbian people and wants to do everything it can to support the dialogue in which both Serbs and Albanians have to give something and get something while Murphy (D-Connecticut) voiced hope that Pristina will take the necessary steps to continue the dialogue after the parliamentary elections.
“America is here to be your friend and both nations will have support in reaching an agreement,” Johnson said and added that America wants to encourage Serbia and Kosovo to resolve disputes but that there can be no solution without something being given and something taken away.
“We are here to convey the clear message that both Republicans and Democrats in Congress are with Serbia and want a stronger partnership,” Murphy said. He added that the US will offer all kinds of help and hopes that Serbia will continue its path towards the EU and get much closer to many American political and economic allies in Europe.
The Serbian president told the joint news conference that he told the senators that he expects Pristina to revoke the 100 percent tariffs on Serbian goods and is ready for a compromise which does not include one side winning everything and Serbia getting nothing. According to him, both sides need to loose equally for both sides to win equally as the only way to reach an agreement.
“Our position is not easy… The Albanians are expecting confirmation of what they believe they have won completely and do not want to agree to anything less because they don’t want to admit that they will never become a consolidated state without Serbia. The greatest pressure will be on Serbia but Serbia can’t recognize its independence without a compromise solution,” Vucic said. The president said that improving relations between the two biggest nations in the Western Balkans would be beneficial to both Serbs and Albanians and all the other people living there.