EU and U.S. support further dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina

EU and U.S. support further dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina

 

By Milos Mitrovic – Belgrade

Although Serbia rejected a deal that has been proposed in Brussels last week, European Union and the United States support continuation of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. At the same time, Brussels and Washington said that Belgrade should clarify its further expectations.

Baroness Catherine Ashton, who had been mediating the dialogue until last week, regrets Serbian decision. However, Belgrade should make its “last effort to reach an agreement”, Ashton said yesterday.

Before eventual decision on further dialogue, Belgrade should specify its objections and expectations to EU, Brussels diplomatic sources announced for Radio Television of Serbia (RTS).

Patrick Ventrell, spokesperson of State Department, said yesterday that the United States would continue to support efforts of Belgrade and Pristina to reach an agreement”. He stressed that the deal would open European integration perspective for both Belgrade and Pristina.

There is a possibility for Washington to be involved in the dialogue more actively, U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Michael Kirby said yesterday. At the same time, this involvement should be subjected to the demands from Belgrade and Pristina. U.S. are willing to support further dialogue, “but it seems to me that the form (of the dialogue) is not clear” both in Belgrade and Pristina, Kirby noticed.

Yesterday, Serbian Government refused, as it stated, “principles that had been offered in Brussels, since the security of Kosovo Serbs could not be guaranteed and implemented”. However, “the dialogue with provisional institutions in Pristina should be continued urgently under EU mediation”, Serbian Government stressed.

Serbia is not demanding “a small state” in Kosovo, Prime Minister Ivica Dacic explained to Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung (FAZ). The aim is “to allow Serbs to be assembled in one region”, Dacic added.

It is not easy to change Serbian Constitution, in which it is specified that Kosovo is a part of Serbia, “since that would be subjected to referendum… Some politicians in this country insisted that reality should be adapted to the Constitution. But this did not happen. The reality in Kosovo is different and we have to keep that in mind”, Dacic explained to FAZ.  He revealed that Belgrade could transfer its jurisdiction in Kosovo to Pristina “in accordance with our Constitution”.