The Secretary-General of Serbia’s Foreign Ministry told N1 on Tuesday that the idea of separation (between Belgrade and Pristina) had many different types, but avoided to elaborate on them.
Veljko Odalovic says that different terms are on the table: partition, correction (of borders), separation, demarcation, delimitation, and that it shows that there are enough courageous people to discuss it.
He added that Belgrade would not verify the existing state, “since we get nothing.”
“We will have our ideas, but they won’t in any way exclude a compromise because we want it,” he said.
Odalovic added that the talks about all types of separation were held in Washington, Moscow, Paris, Brussels, Germany and that China had its stand.
He said it was good news that that topic was on the agenda in all those centres because “just a year ago, Kosovo was a done deal for many. Today, they (the international players) are aware that the situation in Kosovo is not good for the Serbs.”
However, the international community is firmly against the changes of borders in the Balkans, fearing a domino effect that could go beyond the region. Several politicians warned about that danger, while others, like the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, adamantly said there would not be any borders' changes in the Balkans.
Since the Brussels dialogue is held behind closed doors the public both in Kosovo and Serbia has little information about the details of the talks. That, in turn, leaves room for different understanding and reading of what officials from both sides say about the process.
“I would be the happiest person in the world if Pristina and Belgrade could find a solution without anyone else because they have their interests and sometimes bury their heads in the sand, pretending it’s all over,” Odalovic said.
Speaking about the Brussels agreement, he said that all points had been honoured except the establishment of the Community of Serb Municipalities (CSM) in Kosovo and blamed the European Union, which facilitated the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue, for being weak and not “positively aggressive toward Pristina.”
“Pristina behaves in that manner because it is not under any pressure,” Odalovic said.
The establishment of the CSM was agreed on in 2013 but is still in the form of an unfinished draft. The last EU deadline expired on August 4, but Brussels said that “the draft (that generally should follow Kosovo’s constitutions and European Chapter of Local Self-Government) has been in the working.”