Vucic: Belgrade ready to continue dialogue with Pristina

NEWS 29.10.2018 14:12
Source: Tanjug/Dragan Kujundžić

Belgrade is ready to continue the dialogue with Pristina, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told a European Parliament delegation on Monday.

“Serbia is ready to continue the dialogue even in the situation with heightened political and security tensions which are primarily unfavourable to the Serbs in Kosovo,” Vucic is quoted as saying in a press release following the meeting with the delegation headed by European Parliament (EP) official Eduard Kukan.  

Vucic informed Kukan, who chairs the EP Delegation to the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee, about the reasons for the break in the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, saying that none of the obligations stemming from the Brussels agreement had been implemented, primarily the forming of the Community of Serb Municipalities.  

The Serbian president also expressed concern over Pristina’s intention of forming a military force in Kosovo which he believes will cause a destabilisation of the region.  

Vucic also said that membership in the European Union is Serbia’s foreign policy priority and that the entire region belongs in the EU which would bring faster economic development to the Western Balkans.  

Kukan is quoted as saying that Serbia has achieved economic progress and has become a pillar of stability in the region. He added that efforts need to be invested to improve the situation regarding the rule of law and freedom of the media.

Addressing the deputies in Serbia’s Parliament Kukan said it did not mean just a formal adoption of regulations based on the EU common law, „but accepting a partner who is functioning on the firm principles of the rule of law. The partner who guarantees freedom to its citizens to express their political will.“

Kukan reiterated that the normalisation of relations with Kosovo remains a key condition for the continuation of European integrations.

„Despite our disappointment with the halt in the dialogue in Brussels after the last round, and our worries about the recent tensions between Belgrade and Pristina, we hope both sides remain committed to the dialogue and aim at reaching a legally binding agreement in the next months,“ Kukan said.