Media: EU denies knowledge of non-paper on Kosovo; Belgrade: Not out of the blue

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After Berlin and Paris denied being authors of a non-paper on Kosovo published by a Pristina media, Peter Stano, a European Union spokesperson, also said later on Tuesday the document did not reflect the bloc’s views.

Speaking to Pristina’s Gazeta Express, Stano said the non-paper had not been sent to either Miroslav Lajčák, the EU envoy for the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations, or Josep Borell, the bloc’s diplomacy chief.

Pristina Koha Ditore daily website published late on Monday what it said was the German-French non-paper for the solution of the Kosovo issue.

Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic said on Tuesday the alleged non-paper “hasn’t appeared out of the blue and it’s it was possibly written by an extremely informed woman.”

Some parts, he added, would be acceptable to Serbia, but the independence and recognition of Kosovo were not.

“Serbs would like many things from the document, but then comes a key topic – the recognition of Kosovo as an independent state, a horrible idea for Serbs. So, you Serbs can have 90 percent and 80 percent of less important issues, but you have to deliver to us the most important one,” Vucic said.

He added the Serb side would analyse the political motives behind the document, i.e. what message it had sent to the Serb and what to the Kosovo side, and said it “must not be underestimated.”

Koha Ditore said it could not confirm the authenticity of the document, but “some diplomats we have contacted more or less have confirmed that the points from the non-paper are in line what is expected from the dialogue.”