The European Parliament officials mediating the dialogue between Serbian ruling and opposition parties expressed regret over the fact that separate meetings were being organized with the parties that do not want mediation by European institutions.
A joint statement by MEPs Vladimir Bilcik an Tanja Fajon and former MEPs Knut Fleckenstein and Eduard Kukan said that they had been informed in advance by Serbian Parliament Speaker Ivica Dacic of the “separate consultations with political parties that do not want to participate in meetings which include the interaction with European institutions and, in particular, with the European Parliament”.
“It is currently open how the results of these consultations will relate to the actual Inter-Party Dialogue,” the statement said.
“We naturally regret this attitude but underline that the Inter-Party Dialogue is a voluntary process and based on the commitment, willingness and ability of the participants to achieve consensus in order to improve the political climate ahead of the next elections,” it said adding that any constructive and realistic suggestions, aimed at improving the democratic culture among political parties and that have as an objective the amelioration of the current situation in view of Serbia’s European destination, are welcome.
The European Parliament officials said their next meeting with Dacic is scheduled for May 7.