Serbia’s Vucic: Kosovo’s Kurti comes not to agree

NEWS 15.06.2021 13:11
Brisel, 15.06.2021. - Predsednik Srbije Aleksandaa Vučić i premijer Kosova Aljbin Kurti, Žozep Borel EU dijalog Beograd i Priština Miroslav Lajčak Dijaloga Beograd-Pristina, Briselu. Pregovori, kosovo, dijalog

Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia's President, accused on Tuesday Albin Kurti, Kosovo's Prime Minister, of coming to Brussels for the resumed dialogue "not to agree."

„He asked me when I would recognise Kosovo’s independence? I said never,“ Vucic told reporters after the meetings within the continuation of the high-level Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relation under the European Union auspices.

Vucic listed three main things the Albanian delegation did not want to agree on.

„They don’t want to form the Community of Serb Municipalities (CSM), demand an urgent recognition of their independence and describe as incidents and provocations the Serbs’ wish to take part in liturgy in their churches in Kosovo,“ Vucic said, adding he was mild in reacting to what he said was „a total absence of reality.“

Nikola Selakovic, Serbia’s Foreign Minister, said the Kosovo side put up a wall and didn’t want a dialogue. Kurti said that Jesus was born on February 17 (2008, when Kosovo declared independence from Serbia),“ he added.

He said he would have to talk to Kosovo’s Serbs since he was afraid because „I see someone extremely irresponsible.“

Vucic said he offered to Kurti to specify any possible place where he believed might be a mass grave of Kosovo’s Albanians killed in the 1988-1999 war and that Belgrade would investigate it.

At the same time, he said he mentioned nine locations where Belgrade believed were the remains of killed Kosovo’s Serbs in the war, but that Kurti refused it saying that Serbia’s official Veljko Odalovic in charge of missing persons was „(Hermann) Göring and (Joseph) Goebbels.“

Odalovic was an official of late Slobodan Milosevic’s then-ruling Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) during the war in Kosovo.

Vucic said he did not see any serious progress soon, adding the next high-level meeting would be held by the end of July.