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Vucic: Palmer tells me what he doesn't like in Serbia's politics

November 4, 2019

The US Department special envoy for the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer told reporters after meeting Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic that the European Union's failure to set a date for the accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania, was a historic mistake, adding his country supported the EU's integration of the whole region, N1 reported.

 He added "America wants the whole Western Balkans to have a European perspective, and we will do whatever we can to persuade the EU to change its stand before their meeting in Zagreb," Palmer said.

Asked about the next Kosovo government, Palmer said: "that it's clear Serb List won great support of Kosovo's Serbs and the right to be represented in Pristina's Government."

Vucic said his meeting with Palmer was open and frank, and that he was satisfied with their talk.

"I'm satisfied because we went through all disputed issues, all the differences between us, while determined to finding future solutions which will be good for bilateral relations between Serbia and US, but also a constructive approach and an attempt to return to the dialogue with Pristina as soon as possible," Vucic told reporters.

He also said he was "grateful to Palmer for being ready to listen to what we think. I talked to him about all disputed issues, but don't like to retell in public. Palmer told me what he doesn't like in Serbia's politics. I think that we made some issues more explicit."

Vucic said that it was well known that Belgrade and Washington had a different position regarding Kosovo and added he believed the conditions for the resumption of the dialogue on the normalisation of relations with Pristina would be created in two or three months. Serbia's President reiterated the invitation to his US counterpart Donald Trump to visit Serbia.  

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a540925/Washington-tells-Belgrade-it-support-Western-Balkans-road-to-EU.html

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