Kosovo minister meets with EULEX chief

BELGRADE -- Minister for Kosovo-Metohija Goran Bogdanović and EULEX chief Xavier Bout de Marnhac met on Wednesday in Belgrade.

Goran Bogdanović (Tanjug, file)
Goran Bogdanović (Tanjug, file)

They agreed that problems in Kosovo "can only be resolved through dialogue talks and agreements", said reports.

After the meeting with Marnhac at the Palace of Serbia in Belgrade, Bogdanović told the journalists that all topics were discussed, "or better yet, problems," that the Kosovo citizens are facing.

"We agreed that the EULEX Mission has to be status neutral," Bogdanović said, adding that, as long as it is status neutral, EULEX will have the support of both the Serb community in Kosovo and the official Belgrade.

According to Bogdanović, the representatives of the Serb community should hold talks with EULEX in the period to come and try to find the best solution of mutual interest regarding the rotation of police commanders.

He stressed that one of the topics was the fight against organized crime, and agreed with Marnhac on undertaking joint activities.

Bogdanović told Marnhac that EULEX has full support of the Serbian government and Ministry for KiM in combating all types of crime present both in northern, as well other parts of Kosovo.

The minister said that road blockage in northern Kosovo was also discussed.

We agreed that no one can be arrested for not fulfilling obligations towards the so-called state of Kosovo, as everyone knows that the Serb community does not recognize Kosovo and is not willing to pay taxes, contributions and excise duties imposed by Kosovo, the minister said.

He said that the road blockage is not a way to resolve the problem, but is one of the ways for Serbs to express their dissatisfaction and protest.

According to announcements, Marnhac will also meet Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dačić on Wednesday.