Lunacek: Serbia cannot enter the EU without recognizing Kosovo

Lunacek: Serbia cannot enter the EU without recognizing Kosovo

Pristina, 28 March 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

“Republic of Serbia cannot be part of the European Union without recognizing the independence of Kosovo”.

This was declared by the deputy president of the European Parliament, Ulrike Lunacek in a conference in Berlin, dubbed “The holding of relations between Serbia and Kosovo”.

In this conference, which saw the participation of the German expert for the Balkan, Bodo Veber and the mayor of Pristina, Shpend Ahmeti, Lunacek declared that she “constantly demands the five remaining EU countries to recognize the independence of Kosovo.”

Meanwhile, Bod Veber said that “Serbia’s accession in the EU will not be permitted to take place before Kosovo, because nobody would then guarantee that Serbia would not block Kosovo’s accession”.

On his part, mayor of Pristina, Shpend Ahmeti declared that “Self Determination is not against dialogue with Serbia, but it’s against dialogue without principles”.

In his address, he declared that “Serbia is not treating Kosovo as an equal partner in the talks and that so far it has taken no responsibility for the crimes committed in 1999 in Kosovo”. /ibna/