June 20. 2024. 2:21

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Serbia ready for Kosovo dialogue if Serb municipalities are discussed


Serbia is ready for dialogue on Kosovo as long as the Association of Serb Municipalities is concerned, Serbian president Aleksandar Vučić said at the Munich Security Conference where he had a difficult talk with EU Chief Diplomat Josep Borrell during which the country was strongly criticised for not sanctioning Russia.

It was “not an easy conversation”, Vučić told Pink TV about the discussion with Borrell over the preparation for a potential dialogue with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti.

“We are ready for dialogue, but the Serbian municipalities association must be discussed”, he said.

The association would see a mono-ethnic structure with executive powers set up in Kosovo, parallel to the government in Pristina. Kosovo’s Constitutional Court ruled against it, stating Kosovo is not a mono-ethnic country. Since it was agreed on in 2013, the Kosovo government has refused to implement it and has argued that provisions Serbia agreed to at the same time have also not been implemented.

“An open conversation with Borrell and the preparation for continuing the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. Serbia was strongly criticised for not sanctioning the Russian Federation”, Vučić announced at the Munich Security Conference.

Vučić also spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, Miroslav Lajčak, also attended that meeting.

“They said they know which lines Serbia will not cross; we were clear and precise”, Vučić also said.

Vučić also spoke of a diplomatic note from a country he says is ready to pull its recognition of Kosovo’s independence but will wait ten days before announcing which country it is. Under the same 2013 agreement as the Association of Serb Municipalities, Serbia agreed to stop international lobbying for the non or de-recognition of Kosovo’s independence.

(EURACTIV.rs | Bojana Zimonjić Jelisavac)