Serbia: Determination of participants in cross-party dialogue necessary, Dacic says

Serbia: Determination of participants in cross-party dialogue necessary, Dacic says

The Speaker of the National Assembly of Serbia, Ivica Dacic, stated on Sunday night as a guest on Serbian Television that there is a will for a cross-party dialogue, but that the form must be determined first, ie which parties will participate in it.

According to the Speaker of the National Assembly, the second phase of the dialogue was scheduled to start after the elections, however, he points out that things have changed because some political parties that participated in the dialogue are no longer in parliament, while he reminded that some failed to pass the threshold needed to enter Parliament, while others boycotted the elections.

He also said that he asked questions to the chairman of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, David McAllister, about the format of the second phase of the cross-party dialogue, who would take part in it and whether non-parliamentary parties would take part.

“We can not have restrictions, we have asked some to participate and others can not because they do not like the European Parliament”, Dacic told RTS.

He also added that in some EU documents, only the pro-European world is involved in the bilateral dialogue.

“We can not divide the parties now, whether they are pro-European or not, and who ultimately determines it”, Dacic said.

The President of the National Assembly also stated that some opposition parties refuse to participate in the dialogue if the representatives of the European Parliament participate./ibna