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Vucic: European states don't care about what Serbs and Albanians want in Kosovo

May 22, 2020

Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia's President, didn't spare words criticising the European states for "allowing themselves to do whatever fits their interests" regarding Belgrade – Pristina relations, the Beta news agency reported.

Without specifying which states he was referring to, Vucic told reporters that "the European countries discuss the Belgrade - Pristina relations and the 'powerful' give themselves the right (to say) that everting concerns their interest regardless of what the Serbs and Albanians think about a solution to Kosovo issue."

Vucic denied any territory swap talks with Pristina.

"No one ever told me about the idea of exchanging 17 Serb villages for Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja," he said, adding he never commented on "what I only heard about in media."

His words echoed those ofKosovo's President Hashim Thaciearlier on Friday, who also said the exchange of territory had never been on the agenda of any talks but added he dreamed about those three Serbia's southern municipalities becoming part of Kosovo.

Vucic said he did not have a problem with the idea that Kosovo's issue could not be solved with borders change.

"We also have our borders in line with our Constitution and the UN Resolution 12 44 (which is neutral regarding Kosovo's final status). And let me see what you are going to do now," Vucic said.

He added he had asked the Quint countries' ambassadors what they saw as a realistic solution to Kosovo problem, "apart from empty talks they sell to media."

"I haven't received an answer yet. I assume what that may be. And if so, my answer will be – no," Vucic said, apparently alluding to the view that Serbia had to recognise Kosovo's independence within the existing borders.

"Everything in the Balkans must be a matter of compromise, and victories should be sought in the economies, not in territories or expulsions of others," he added.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a602239/Vucic-Europe-doesn-t-care-what-people-think.html

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