The European Union special representative Miroslav Lajcak told Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade on Wednesday that the EU has no interest in maintaining a status quo on Kosovo.
“The status quo is not tenable. Serbia has progressed in terms of EU integration and the (Belgrade-Pristina) dialogue is the key to continuing dow the road to (EU) membership. I gave the same message in Pristina – EU member states expect the dialogue to continue constructively and in good faith,” he told a news conference after his meeting with Vucic.
According to Lajcak, there is understanding among officials in Pristina that the dialogue is crucial and can continue once the new government is formed.
“This is my third visit in this job… I was in Pristina, it was important to go there after the elections in Kosovo to discuss the (Belgrade-Pristina) dialogue and progress in it since last July,” he said.
Vucic reiterated official Belgrade’s stand that Serbia is committed to the dialogue to normalize relations with Pristina and is ready to continue it “at any moment when it is invited to Brussels”. “Serbia supports Miroslav Lajcak’s efforts to find a solution through a compromise which would mean the dissatisfaction or partial satisfaction of both sides without any ultimatum and imposed solutions, the Serbian president said, adding that a compromise means everything for no one and enough for everyone.
“Serbia is taking part in the negotiations in good faith and wants to find a solution,” he said. Vucic said that Serbia is not setting any deadlines because reaching an agreement which satisfies both sides is much more important than any hasty solution.
He said that Belgrade will insist on full implementation of the Brussels agreement, including the Community of Serb Municipalities. “Serbia met its obligations and I told that to Pristina officials and everyone in Brussels,” Vucic said.