DACIC: If I had slapped Thaci…

DACIC: If I had slapped Thaci…


By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade, Kopaonik

Serbia may become the full member of the European Union in 2020, Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said at the Business Forum in Kopaonik mountain resort on Tuesday. At the same time, Dacic has stressed that Serbia should stay devoted to both negotiations with EU and dialogue on normalization of the relations with Pristina.

“This government will be remembered as one that started the accession negotiations with the EU. This has been historical achievement that may open the possibility country to be included on agenda for 2020 EU entry”, Dacic said.

Commenting the current campaign in Serbia ahead to March 16 early elections, PM ironically said that it would be easier for him if he had “slapped Thaci (Kosovo Prime Minister) rather than talk with him”. “It would be nice to have a fight towards the elections”, Dacic said adding, however, that EU mediator in Belgrade-Pristina dialogue Catherine Ashton has demanded the talks to be continued.

“They (EU) wanted the new round of the talks on March 13, which is the last they of the campaign and I have to meet Thaci on that day. It’s very nice campaign”, Dacic emphasized explaining that the representatives of the government should act responsibly and face daily problems “which often are not in accordance with their political interests”.

With regard to announcements from Pristina on establishing Kosovo armed forces, Serbian PM said this was contrary to Brussels agreement on normalization of the relations between Belgrade and Pristina.  “If they form such Kosovo army we will demand guarantees from NATO and KFOR the troops will not be deployed in the north of Kosovo without the permission of KFOR”, Dacic said. At the same time, PM said that Serbia has already acquired such guarantees from NATO.

This year’s Kopaonik Business Forum under the title “Changing Serbia in a Changing Europe” begun on Tuesday and will last until March 6. On the gathering popularly called the Serbian Davos, Dacic delivered the keynote address on the topic of ‘Geopolitical positioning and a review of macroeconomic developments in early 2014’.