Vucic: We will live with Kosovo Albanians for the next 1000 years

Vucic: We will live with Kosovo Albanians for the next 1000 years

Belgrade, July 19, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Milos Mitrovic

We are going to live with Kosovo Albanians for the next 1000 years and therefore we have to cooperate in mutual interest, to find the best possible political frame and, at the same time, not harm our national interests, Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic said today. “We are supposed to find solutions for certain issues. And, although I know this is not popular in Serbia, we have to understand that we live beside each other, if we don’t live together”, Vucic told journalists in Brussels after meeting with European Union high representative for foreign policy Federica Mogherini.

Vucic attended EU-Serbia intergovernmental conference, which resulted with the opening of new chapters in the accession negotiations. Those who think that Serbia should engage in wars and conflicts in the Balkans is “not very clever”, in PMs words.

Considering the dialogue with Pristina, Vucic singled out forming the Community of Serb municipalities as the most difficult issue and the “core of Brussels agreement”. He alluded to the 2013 breaking through phase in Belgrade-Serbia dialogue.

The Premier rebuffed comments that Brussels agreement is a dead letter, saying that “obstacles in Pristina” prevent forming a Community of Serb municipalities. He stressed that the average annual number of incidents between Serbs and Albanians is now “lesser than between Serbs in Belgrade”.

“This says that talks have yielded some results and that people know that problems could be resolved only through peaceful means”, Vucic concluded.

He declined to comment Kosovo representative Enver Hoxhaj’s statement that “border demarcation between Serbia and Kosovo” should be part of the dialogue. But Vucic claimed that Hoxhaj’s statement was aimed at Kosovo Albanians. “We have good agreement which is good for both Kosovo Serbs and Albanians. All are satisfied with that agreement and only technical issues remain”, he said.