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Vucic, Lajcak: Dialogue continues, implementation of agreements

October 15, 2020

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and European Union special envoy for Kosovo Miroslav Lajcak told reporters after their meeting that the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue would continue and that everything that has been agreed has to be implemented.

Vucic told the news conference that Serbia is fully committed to continuing the process in order to find a compromise solution to improve Serb-Albanian and normalize Belgrade-Pristina relations.

"We are ready to meet whenever Lajcak says. We will go to Brussels at both the highest and technical levels. We want a compromise," he said.The Serbian President said that the path to Europe is very important for Serbia adding that the path is defined by the progress made in relations with Pristina. However dificcult the talks at times, "it's better to have talks and a dialogue than not to talk", he said."I insisted only on one thing today ... the full implementation of the first Brussels agreement," he said.

Speaking after Vucic and in Serbian, Lajcak said that the goal of the dialogue is a normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo. "The EU plays the role of facilitator in the process with the goal of normalizing relations but what normalization means is not up to us to decide, that is for the two sides to agree on. We think normalization is in the interest of every citizen. We are not here to force anyone to do anything," he said, adding that he thinks good progress has been made in the past four months with agreements reached on a number of issues.

"We are dealing with issues which were not part of the negotiations or if they were they were not implemented. A number of those cause great emotions and the key is that everything agreed has to be implemented. The main conclusion of my meetings is that the dialogue will continue and that everything agreed has to be implemented," Lajcak said, adding that "everything has been agreed on the Community of Serb Municipalities (CSM), the constitution is not the Bible".

"The next step are negotiations on the status of the CSM and that will be in Brussels," he said, adding that none of the officials he met with in Pristina said they would not implement agreements.

Lajcak said that the EU is ready to help speed up the EU accession process as much as the two sides are prepared to go but not artificially because it is about European prospects. "Serbia has opened 18 chapters and is at a high stage of Eurointegration and I am convinced that the success of the dialogue will mean a lot on Serbia's European path but it's not up to me to say what that means exactly," he said.

Vucic replied saying that Serbia will have to get a clearer EU stand on the issue.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a661277/Vucic-Lajcak-Dialogue-continues-implementation-of-agreements.html

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