EU's position on Kosovo visit "basis for negotiations"

President Tomislav Nikolić said on Christmas Day that he had wished to spend the holiday "where it is most difficult - in Kosovo".

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  1. At least you know now who is the BOSS when it comes to Kosova.
    (Kosova-USA, 7 January 2013 14:02)

    Yep. It's the US of A. So kiss my American butt for keeping you and your 25 kids off the endangered species list.
    (American War Hawk, 8 January 2013 21:56)

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  2. Good analysis. And it was especially stupid in the shade of the crimes and 1000 fold murders committed by Serbs in Bosnia. Without that, who knows if the intervention would have taken place?
    (Comm. Parrisson, 8 January 2013 11:38)
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    Murders?
    When the others were murdering Serbs did that not call for intervention against the other sides then?
    A kill during a war is a kill. That's why they say so many were killed during the war not so many were murdered during the war.

    Yes, civilians were killed and yes some of those were murders. This is a very bad side to war but to say that 1000s were murdered and only murders were committed by Serbs is very biased.
    So why did they intervene against "murders" committed by Serbs but not by others then? Are Serbian civilians less worthy of protection?
    That is NOT the reason US intervened and you surely must know it. This war was very much about the west getting what they want.
    (Peggy, 8 January 2013 21:11)

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  3. Juan, 7 January 2013 23:17)
    Juan, Juan, Juan, give it up dude, many have traveled your road before and maybe this is actually a repeat trip for you. Many have taken on assumed roles to try to "prove" international support for the plight of the poor misunderstood Serbs.
    The problem is there are always tell-tell signs that blow your cover. 1. If you were an unbiased international then you would notice the venom is very heavy on both sides. Internationals do not have a reason to hate one side or the other. You might defend the Serb but not spew your own brand of venom toward the Albanians. People in Brazil that do not have Serbian roots have no reason to hate the Albanians and considering that Brazil does not participate in the International missions they have not been exposed.
    And last non serbs do not say that Kosovo will be part of Serbia again, that is strictly a Serbian threat, and anyone from any place other than Serbia would never think the Kosovo/Serbia issue even comes close to being responsible for a world war.
    (pss, 8 January 2013 14:32)

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  4. first of all, thanks for that brazilian guy Juan, who has put it in quite good words. go on like that, Juan, you Brazilians own the future!

    as for this very naive Albanian "Rocky" who wrote:

    "We know that 5 within the EU are still a little reluctant to recognize Kosova at this time, but trust me, it won't be very much longer before they also recognize Kosova as a independent nation! "

    "a little reluctant"? =)

    you made my day, honey. oh, perhaps you should rather go on watching stupid boxing-movies instead of writing about things you don´t seem to understand...

    last but not least, it´s not that Serbia is testing the EU...I´d say it´s more like the Serbs are being shown what they shall think of this socalled "european" union... and that´s quite successful.

    and the sooner the Serbs realize what is good for them, the better it is.

    but that´s beyond you, "Rocky"... =)

    is that what they teach you in your cheap yellow-press down under in Priština?
    (Jovan, 8 January 2013 13:58)

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  5. "Milosevic should have made sure that he won - but instead he provoked the foreigners in order to satisfy his nationalists.

    Rather than being canny and making sure the Albanians were seen as the trouble makers, he invited intervention by creating the perceived conditions for murders and lawlessness. "
    (Bob, 7 January 2013 19:08)

    Good analysis. And it was especially stupid in the shade of the crimes and 1000 fold murders committed by Serbs in Bosnia. Without that, who knows if the intervention would have taken place?
    (Comm. Parrisson, 8 January 2013 11:38)

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  6. The president stressed that he did not expect the ethnic Albanian authorities in Priština to allow him to spend the most joyous Christian holiday with a part of his nation, but that it was the EU that had "failed the test".

    Somehow its very smart of him to show the Serbs how 'status neutral' EULEX is, how much they care about 'freedom of movement. Combining it with religion and the most important Christian holiday was another good idea to show people in Serbia (and in the whole world) what Kosovo Albanians are like and what can be expected from their socalled 'democratically elected' government.

    Maybe this was Nicolic's real goal, and not the visit in Gracanica itself?
    (Questioner, 8 January 2013 11:33)

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  7. "The president added that "this position of the union will be the basis for negotiations". "

    I thought his platform would be the basis for negotiations...this guy is so sensitive....not insightful at all as a politician.
    (Eugene, 8 January 2013 05:54)

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  8. It´s just umbelievable how much venom I see in the comments of pro Albanians in this site!! You definitly are losing any sympathy I had towards you! You are acting just as chauvinistic as those you blame!! You might be cursed to taste your own venom!! The heroic Serbian people as I read from history books have faced in the past even worse and greater enemies than you...and they endured..and were victorious in the end!! I hope Brazil never recognizes you and I hope it will not be necessary a third world war for the western countries supporting this mistake to regret deeply as they did for once tryng to appease Hitler and the masters of diffamation : the nazis!! Kosovo and Methodia will be part of Serbia again!! That´s for sure!! God bless you Serbs and greetings from Brazil!!
    (Juan, 7 January 2013 23:17)

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  9. Unable to blame the Kosovar Assembly for his defeat, Nikolic attacks the EU.

    Serbian leaders have made the same mistake twice, by not taking Kosovars as a serious counterpart: Rambouillet which ended with Nato air strikes and Ahtisaari, which ended with our independence.

    It is visible that Nikolic and Dacic are having a fight between wishful thinking and realpolitik. Will this be the third strike for Serbia?
    (Independent Kosovar, 7 January 2013 23:03)

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  10. They guy who supported Seselj and Milosevic is blaming EU.
    (Avni, 7 January 2013 20:29)

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  11. @Ian UK,

    All the way from Texas, a Christmas present for you and all the other infidels. (book) [link]
    (You are Loved Ian!!!, 7 January 2013 20:02)

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  12. Serbs- where did you find this moron?
    (j, 7 January 2013 19:38)

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  13. Milosevic should have made sure that he won - but instead he provoked the foreigners in order to satisfy his nationalists.

    Rather than being canny and making sure the Albanians were seen as the trouble makers, he invited intervention by creating the perceived conditions for murders and lawlessness.

    Sadly, Serbia will suffer from his stupidity into the distant future.

    Nikolić is just stuck with it and can't do much about it.
    (Bob, 7 January 2013 19:08)

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  14. What Kosovo country? Oooo you mean US illegaly narco cartel at the South of Serbia that is "independent"...I dont understand why Nikolic is talking with those scumbags I mean, why does he talk to Albanians in south Serbia and EU...those scumbag
    (JohnyMnemonic, 7 January 2013 19:07)

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  15. However, he noted, the European Union "did not pass that test".

    "The EU must think hard when they are convincing Serbia that they are status-neutral and wish to help us all live better, whether they today showed their real face," the president said, after attending Orthodox Christmas liturgy in Belgrade's Cathedral Church of St. Michael the Archangel.

    So Serbia is testing the EU know, hm!
    And Serbia, is also telling the EU to think hard also, hm!

    Serbia,haven't you realized yet that the EU has recognized Kosova as a sovereign & Independent nation? We know that 5 within the EU are still a little reluctant to recognize Kosova at this time, but trust me, it won't be very much longer before they also recognize Kosova as a independent nation!
    Serbia one more thing, don't you realize that you as a nation, are just to small to hinder the EU's work & progress! You Serbia keep looking for wiggle room! You Serbia keep trying to stall European progress, its quest for a better democratic system and its evolution! You Serbia, still remaine one of the last frozen remnants of the last ice age! The sooner Serbia can part with her evil past, the sooner she will be able to provide a brighter future, for herself & her citizens! But it is all up to Serbia, to make a TRUE change for the better!!! Goodluck on your quest, Serbia...
    (Rocky, 7 January 2013 19:07)

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  16. how embarrassing is this man going to get? In what universe does he live in? There currently is no other head of State anywhere in Europe who is more embarrassing, and who comes up with more unacceptable, and sometimes dangerous nonsense than Nicolic. Does he really think he can scare the EU?, and even if all this blabla is only for domestic consumption, Valium for the masses, it will still be heard around in Europe. Read the press outside of Serbia, and you will see what people, countries, other societies think of that man. He is a joke, not taken seriously, he is seen as an ultraconservative who has lot learned much, an obstacle to peace in the region ....Serbia can't win a thing with this guy in charge, and nobody takes his so called 'Kosovo Platform' serious. It just shows the rest of Europe that Serbian politicians have not learned much.
    (Willi Pfaff, 7 January 2013 18:27)

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  17. 'However, he noted, the European Union "did not pass that test... The EU must think hard when they are convincing Serbia that they are status-neutral'

    EULEX is status neutral. It is an international civilian policing and judicial mission created to work alongside and Kosovo's Police and help establish Kosovo's Judicial System all within the framework of UNSCR 1244. EULEX is not there to control and run Kosovo's Police and Judiciary, it is there to assist and work along side Kosovo's Police and Judiciary.

    UNMIK transferred the vast majority of it's powers to the Kosovo Assembly in summer 2008, all in line with UNSCR 1244. It is not for EULEX to say who can and cannot enter Kosovo, that power and authority is not with EULEX. That power and authority is with the Kosovo Assembly.

    Nikolic can ask EULEX if he may enter Kosovo, but EULEX does not hold that power nor was EULEX ever intended to hold such powers; EULEX itself has to ask the Kosovo Assembly for such things to be permitted as that is who holds the responsibility and authority.

    This has nothing to do with status as far as EUELEX is concerned.

    Nikolic is just angry that he has been denied entry to Kosovo, so he has pointed the finger at EULEX to try and wash off some of the embarrassment. He is just blaming some else for his own problems.
    (Ian, UK, 7 January 2013 18:02)

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  18. At least you know now who is the BOSS when it comes to Kosova.
    (Kosova-USA, 7 January 2013 14:0

    You bet your sweet pizza I know who is the boss of Kosovo* (for the time being).
    (G.I. Joe, Fort Dix, NJ, USA, 7 January 2013 16:44)

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  19. EU that had "failed the test".

    That what "the holy Nikolic" (according to Serbian mythology) say....This guy is a failure in every aspect. He can't even get a permission to visit "its own" county. How deep the failure can be?
    (EA, 7 January 2013 16:27)

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  20. yoyo,you keep the title we keep Kosova ! Any way your title can be used as a to..et paper only !!!
    (Dardani, 7 January 2013 16:20)

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  21. Title for Kosovo and Metohija is in Belgrade , paper is not in EU, NATO, Hague, Tirana or Pristina. Poor albo never bring this title to Tirana.
    In the past over 158 condition for serb is over ...no more conditions.
    Serbia com to be more strong than before. Marry Christmas to all Orthodox
    (Jojo, 7 January 2013 15:59)

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  22. What a waste of everything. That platform is going to end up in the toilet soon. Waste, waste, and more waste
    (Eric, 7 January 2013 14:57)

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  23. So this proves that Nikolic did take orders from Prishtina. I wonder if he remembers what he said just a few days ago. Does he realize he is a terrible liar, he should learn from Dacic, at least Dacic tries to lie better and be more convincing. Nikolic is just terrible as far his knowledge in general about anything what is going on in Belgrade. He is just there to be there for a president who hardly in charge of anything.
    (Albanian, 7 January 2013 14:24)

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  24. The president said: "The EU must think hard when they are convincing Serbia that they are status-neutral and wish to help us all live better, whether they today showed their real face,"

    Such language is not typical of a president and its not diplomatic. Through such a statement he either shows ignorance as to the meaning of neutrality or anti- European malevolence. Though 22/27 EU nations recognize the sovereignty of the Pristina government, the EU does not have a common stance to Kosovo's independence. Kosovo is no longer under supervised independence so its decisions are not superseded by UNMIK, EULEX or any other entity working outside Kosovo's constitutional framework. The EU office only acts as a liaison between Belgrade and Pristina and cannot tell any side what to do. This is because the EU is not unanimous as to what to do. So by trashing the EU because it delivered back bad news from the Pristina decision makers is regrettable and shows the true predispositions of the President of Serbia.

    "I did not ask to go on a political, but on a religious mission, but there are no people there who believe in God,"
    No civilized person can possibly be so ungodly. A politician 'par excellence' on a religious mission? A religious missionary who claims that there are "no people [in Kosovo]... who believe in God"? And all this said by a hardline nationalist - more like a hardline devil worshiper, who defends genocide and spreads hatred!

    What a joke on Serbia and its people!
    (Diplomaticus, 7 January 2013 14:05)

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  25. Asked whether he would again ask for permission to travel to Kosovo, he said that he would not ask permission "that he knows nobody will give him".

    The president stressed that he did not expect the ethnic Albanian authorities in Priština to allow him to spend the most joyous Christian holiday with a part of his nation, but that it was the EU that had "failed the test".

    At least you know now who is the BOSS when it comes to Kosova.
    (Kosova-USA, 7 January 2013 14:02)

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  26. It was obvious that again Nikolic would just indulges into self-pity. He has no strategy at all. If he would be honest, he would support to pull out from EU candidacy. Instead, he babbles of "EU failed the test". What test, Tome? YOU failed the test, since you don't have the stomach to stop EU candidacy. EVERYBODY is saying loud and clearly that Serbia will NOT join the EU as long as it does not recognize reality in Kosovo. It is no secret. So why on Earth you still want to get into there when you want to hold on Kosovo? Say directly what you really want to achieve because it will never ever happen that Serbia will join EU with Kosovo. Your platform will not change that even a bit, in the contrary, it will just put Serbia's agonizing state into concrete.
    (Commentator, 7 January 2013 13:43)

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