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Vucic: Brussels hasn't denied drafting final Belgrade – Pristina deal

July 30, 2020

Aleksandar Vucic told reports on Thursday he was surprised with the statement by Kosovo's Prime Minister Avdulah Hoti who said that drafting of a final agreement between Belgrade and Pristina started in Brussels and that the European Union headquarters did not deny it.

However, the European Commission spokesperson for foreign and security policies Peter Stano told the Belgrade Danas daily on Wednesday, he "explicitly rebuff speculations about the next round of (Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations) experts' talks and their agenda."

The claim that Belgrade would be given a final draft of a comprehensive agreement during the meeting on Thursday which would include Serbia's recognition of Kosovo's independence was published by the Belgrade pro-regime Vecernje Novosti daily.

It triggered the reactions by top Serbia officials.

Vucic said "they denied a report published by our newspaper which only carried Hoti's statement. We know nothing about it."

"We want to discuss the items on the list. But also the deals agreed in 2013, like the formation of the Community of Serb Municipalities, that remain not implemented."

He said Serbia was facing "days that won't be easy and simple," and that it would need lots of strength and energy in an attempt to reach a compromise.

"We don't care what Kosovo's Constitution stipulates, because if everything should be in line with it, there wouldn't be any need to negotiate," Vucic said.

He also spoke about the situation with the coronavirus epidemic, saying it was stabilising, and reiterated the previous statement that he expected a vaccine to be available in Serbia in December.

Vucic said Serbia was in touch with two countries about the vaccine and that it would be among the first 20 states where the vaccine would be available, adding the authorities would try to give it to the population for free though "some say it would be costly."

Asked about the announced investigation by the Finance Ministry, Vucic said it was "the most common check" and that there was no pressure on the civil sector and the media.

"It's nothing special… But it is always (seen as) politics. To scream about being jeopardised for getting some more money from the donors. That's been the case in the last 30 years."

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a624892/Vucic-Brussels-hasn-t-denied-drafting-final-Belgrade-Pristina-deal.html

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