Vucic to German FM: Belgrade ready for resumption of dialogue with Pristina

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Source: TANJUG/ZORAN ZESTIC

Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s President, told Heiko Mass, German Foreign Minister, on Friday that Belgrade was ready to continue the dialogue with Pristina on the normalisation of relations and that it would be constructive in searching for a compromise.

Mass, who is on a visit to Serbia, said his country was aware the dialogue wasn’t an easy process but that it would contribute to the economies.

He added Berlin fully supported the European Union and its envoy Miroslav Lajčák in mediating the dialogue.

In the meantime, the European Commission (EC) published the timetable of Vucic’s visit to Brussels where he would meet the EC President Ursula Von Leyen, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and EC Vice-President Josep, Borrell and E Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi on Monday. Kosovo’s Prime Minisetr Albin Kurti will alos have separate meetings in Brusels.

The German minister said that “the governments with stable parliaments’ majorities were formed in both countries” and that it was the right time for the resumption of the dialogue.

Vucic told reporters after the meeting with Mass said that “Serbia was against ‘the frozen conflict’ and that the essence of the progress for both Albanians and Serbs was peace.”

He added the meeting topics included the rule of law and that he was convinced Serbia would have “increasingly better results” in that area.

Mass also met Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and was reported as saying he expected the reform of the rule of law would result in opening new clusters in Belgrade accession talks with the EU.

Serbia did not open any new chapter in the negotiations with the bloc in the last year and a half, mostly due to a lack of progress in the rule of law and media freedom.