"Serbia will not bring frozen conflict into EU"
WARSAW -- Deputy PM Božidar Đelić stated during the lecture at in Warsaw on Monday that Serbia will not bring a frozen conflict into the EU.
Božidar Đelić (Tanjug, file)
Addressing the Institute of International Relations, he noting, however, that no one can expect from Serbia to ever recognize Kosovo.
Đelić said that Serbia is ready to resolve the issue of Kosovo immediately, adding that the solution should be based on four points that Serbian President Boris Tadić had presented at the UN General Assembly in September.
"Serbia finds acceptable a solution which is based on four points - special status for northern Kosovo, status and security for Serbian churches, monasteries and other religious sites and cultural monuments, security and safety for Serbs living south of the Ibar River, as well as solving of the issue of property of Kosovo Serbs," Đelić underlined.
He stressed Serbia is ready to examine all models which may lead to a historic compromise between the Serbs and Albanians, and in that sense mentioned the Good Friday Agreement between the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain regarding Northern Ireland, as well as the models of East and West Germany, Hong Kong, Aland Islands, South Tyrol, etc.
"We have considered all this, and we are ready to talk. Serbia does not want a frozen conflict, and we know we need to find a solution before we join the EU, but Serbia cannot recognize the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo," Đelić underlined.
"Serbia opposes the division of any country, whether it is Serbia or Bosnia-Herzegovina, or a part of its own territory - Kosovo. The point is to find a way to divide sovereignty and find a solution acceptable for all," Đelić said.
Đelić also referred to the continuation of the Belgrade-Priština dialogue taking place in Brussels Monday, and assessed this as the right step in the right direction.
He pointed out that current tensions in Kosovo once again showed that unilateral actions do not contribute to a sustainable solution, and called on the international missions in Kosovo, UNMIK, KFOR and particularly EULEX, to remain in the status neutral mandate.
"It is in no one's interest to sponsor a mono-ethnic Kosovo," Đelić underlined.
According to him, Serbia is constantly being told to accept the reality that Kosovo Albanians do not want governance of Belgrade, adding, however, that another reality is that a vast majority of Kosovo Serbs do not want governance of Priština.
"It is of crucial importance that exodus of Serbs from Kosovo that occurred in 2004 does not happen again," Đelić said speaking about tensions in the north of the province.
He expressed expectation that the EU member states, regardless of whether they recognize Kosovo or not, will maintain the unity displayed during the adoption of the joint resolution of Serbia, EU and UN, which enabled the opening of the technical dialogue between Belgrade and Priština.
Commenting the EU membership candidacy, which Serbia hopes to obtain in December, Đelić said that conditions defined by the European Commission are clear and possible to be fulfilled.
"Working on consensus"
Polish Secretary of State for European Affairs Mikolaj Dowgielewicz stated on Monday evening that his country was working on creating a consensus between the 27 EU member states on granting Serbia an EU candidate status on December 9, and pointed out that the EU expects concrete results of the Belgrade-Priština dialogue.
"We are working on obtaining the consent of all 27 EU member states regarding Serbia's candidacy. I hope the outcome will be positive, but we cannot provide any guarantees at the moment," Dowgielewicz told Tanjug.
Dowgielewicz underlined that, when it comes to Serbia's candidacy, the EU member states "will take into account the regional cooperation, adding that relations with Priština are of crucial importance in that sense".
We have noticed a huge progress in reconciliation with Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia, he said, qualifying as very important the fact that Serbia is greatly contributing to peace in the Western Balkans.
"The Belgrade-Priština talks are underway, and we hope there will be concrete results. When Serbia, as potential candidate, one day becomes a full fledged member, it will not be allowed to have issues with neighbors," Dowgielewicz asserted.
utorak 22.11.2011 | 18:19 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
WARSAW -- Poland will "strongly support Serbia's candidacy in December" - on condition that the Belgrade-Priština dialogue yields results.
utorak 22.11.2011 | 18:05 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (20) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The second day of the latest round of Belgrade-Priština dialogue on technical issues ended on Tuesday without any new agreements.
utorak 22.11.2011 | 18:01 | Source: B92 | Comments: (18) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serb Radical Party (SRS) MP Vjerica Radeta says that Serbia should "withdraw its hospitality" to the EU mission in Kosovo, EULEX.
utorak 22.11.2011 | 13:51 | Source: Blic | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A major obstacle to removing the barricades in the north "could be the animosity Serbs feel toward Borislav Stefanović", speculates a Belgrade-based daily.
utorak 22.11.2011 | 09:51 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (41) | Send comment
TREBINJE -- Interior Minister Ivica Dačić says Serbia should not recognize the unilateral declaration of independence of Kosovo "even if this means not joining the EU".
ponedeljak 21.11.2011 | 16:58 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The EU-sponsored Kosovo dialogue continued on Monday in Brussels after a break of some two months, when incidents on the administrative line interrupted it.
ponedeljak 21.11.2011 | 16:42 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- DS deputy leader Dušan Petrović has said that there can be no coalition between the Democrats (DS)and the Serb Progressive Party (SNS) after the next election.
ponedeljak 21.11.2011 | 16:10 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Parliament Speaker Slavica Đukić-Dejanović on Monday warned that there was a possibility that the planned debate on next year's budget will lack a quorum.
ponedeljak 21.11.2011 | 14:42 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (10) | Send comment
BANATSKI DVOR -- Boris Tadić says Serbia "would not allow to find itself in a position to recognize Kosovo implicitly or explicitly" in the Kosovo dialogue that continued today.
ponedeljak 21.11.2011 | 11:59 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (12) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- In its draft resolution on Kosovo, the European Parliament (EP) rules out any possible partition of Kosovo, said reports.
ponedeljak 21.11.2011 | 10:39 | Source: Politika | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- "The 1990s must end," says League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina (LSV) leader Nenad Čanak, and adds that this will not be possible "without lustration".
ponedeljak 21.11.2011 | 09:51 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (20) | Send comment
TREBINJE -- Ivica Dačić has said that the issue of the Kosovo status was vital and therefore "dealing with it can no longer be avoided".
nedelja 20.11.2011 | 16:28 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Belgrade team chief Borislav Stefanović confirmed Sunday that the talks with Priština would be continued on Monday.
nedelja 20.11.2011 | 14:55 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- I support the EU accession but Europe does not want us the way we are now because it would have to support us, New Serbia (NS) leader Velimir Ilić has said.
nedelja 20.11.2011 | 13:45 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Čedomir Jovanović says main priorities of a new state policy in the coming years should be building of a modern country.
nedelja 20.11.2011 | 12:57 | Source: Beta, Press | Comments: (5) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) deputy leader Dušan Bajatović says it would be best if Democratic Party, Serbian Progressive Party and SPS formed a government.
nedelja 20.11.2011 | 12:00 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (36) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- A huge majority of Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo are not ready to work together and live in the same streets, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) says.
nedelja 20.11.2011 | 11:53 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (8) | Send comment
KRAGUJEVAC -- Serbia’s Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Dačić has stated that a new condition for Serbia’s EU accession could be the country’s financial capability.
subota 19.11.2011 | 16:01 | Source: Dnevnik, Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- Vojvodina Executive Council Deputy Chairman Ištvan Pastor says top officials' lack of readiness and courage have jeopardized country's EU integration process.
subota 19.11.2011 | 13:33 | Source: Danas, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Ruling Democratic Party-led parliamentary group whip Nada Kolundžija stated Saturday that the DS never had and never would accept blackmail.
subota 19.11.2011 | 13:06 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian President Boris Tadić has issued a decree on Serbian Army (VS) Chief of the General Staff Miloje Miletić's retirement, daily Politika writes.
subota 19.11.2011 | 12:32 | Source: Večernje novosti | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Once the EU makes its decision on Serbia's candidate status the Serbian government is planning on setting the election date, daily Večernje novosti has learned.
subota 19.11.2011 | 11:16 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia's Deputy PM Ivica Dačić said Friday the state policy on Kosovo "has not been compromised", despite certain disagreements within the ruling coalition.
petak 18.11.2011 | 19:42 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (57) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Oliver Ivanović says he does not rule out the possibility that Serbs from northern Kosovo may "declare independence" of that part of the province.
petak 18.11.2011 | 17:15 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (19) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The deals reached in the last round of the Kosovo dialogue were criticized today by both the opposition and the ruling coalition in the Serbian parliament.
petak 18.11.2011 | 17:07 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) is ready to make a national strategy with the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU) and Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC).
petak 18.11.2011 | 16:05 | Source: Beta | Comments: (15) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The request of some 20,000 Serbs in Kosovo to be given Russian passports is "a cry for help", says Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić.
petak 18.11.2011 | 11:58 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The European Commission (EC) is optimistic about the continuation of the technical dialogue between Belgrade and Priština, Tanjug has learned at the EU seat.
petak 18.11.2011 | 10:35 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (11) | Send comment
BERLIN -- Serbia is again heading the list of asylum seekers in Germany with 620 asylum requests in October, the German Interior Ministry stated.
petak 18.11.2011 | 09:41 | Source: Blic | Comments: (10) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO) leader Vuk Drašković says that a death threat he received was written in Belgrade.
petak 18.11.2011 | 09:12 | Source: Beta | Comments: (11) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Kosovo Albanian government minister Besim Beqaj has denied that he had to leave the Black Sea Energy and Economic Forum because of Serbian PM Mirko Cvetković.
četvrtak 17.11.2011 | 19:49 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serb Progressive Party (SNS) President Tomislav Nikolić has told Tanjug on Thursday that he believed Serbia will be granted EU candidate status on December 9.
četvrtak 17.11.2011 | 18:11 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (12) | Send comment
NIŠ -- A 35- ton aid consignment for Serbs in Kosovo-Metohija arrived from Russia at the Konstantin Veliki Airport in Niš on Thursday.
četvrtak 17.11.2011 | 16:55 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO) MPs left the parliament session Thursday and requested from MPs to vote on Diaspora and Religion Minister Srđan Srećković’s work.
četvrtak 17.11.2011 | 16:06 | Source: Beta | Comments: (15) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Kosovska Mitrovica Mayor Krstimir Pantić has announced a lawsuit against Belgrade team chief Borislav Stefanović.
četvrtak 17.11.2011 | 15:36 | Source: Tanjug, ITAR-TASS | Comments: (36) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- Russia's FM Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that he "understands perfectly the motives" of those Kosovo Serbs who applied for Russian citizenship.
četvrtak 17.11.2011 | 12:30 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (18) | Send comment
ISTANBUL -- Serbian PM Mirko Cvetković on Thursday refused to take part in the forum on account of the presence of Kosovo Economic Development Minister Besim Bekaj.
četvrtak 17.11.2011 | 11:50 | Source: Beta | Comments: (12) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) leader Vojislav Koštunica has requested a public debate on the EU and Serbia’s membership in it.
četvrtak 17.11.2011 | 11:17 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (50) | Send comment
LONDON -- Serbian President Boris Tadić reaffirmed in London that Belgrade wanted a functional solution to the Kosovo problem as soon as possible.
četvrtak 17.11.2011 | 09:18 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
ZUBIN POTOK -- Northern Kosovo Serbs have let a KFOR convoy go through the barricade in the village of Zupče after holding it for an hour.
sreda 16.11.2011 | 21:07 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Head of Belgrade's negotiating team Priština Borislav Stefanović said late on Wednesday that the Kosovo dialogue in Brussels would continue on Monday, Nov. 21.
sreda 16.11.2011 | 20:21 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (10) | Send comment
NIŠ -- SPO party leader Vuk Drašković has announced that he reported to the police the death threats that he received over his policy on Kosovo.
sreda 16.11.2011 | 18:43 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo Albanian PM Hashim Thaci has stated that integrated border management will mean that the Serbian authorities recognize "Kosovo borders and institutions".
sreda 16.11.2011 | 15:31 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (23) | Send comment
LONDON -- Serbian President Boris Tadić conferred Wednesday with British Prime Minister David Cameron at the start of his first official visit to Great Britain.
sreda 16.11.2011 | 14:15 | Source: Beta, Interfax | Comments: (35) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- The possible arrival of Serbs to Russia, says Russian ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin, would represent "a treasure" for his country.
sreda 16.11.2011 | 13:02 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
The withdrawal of the draft declaration on Kosovo is the first big success of the Liberal Democratic Party's latest campaign, LDP leader Čedomir Jovanović says.
sreda 16.11.2011 | 12:23 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (28) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- A hearing on the situation in the Balkans held Tuesday in the U.S. Congress Committee on Foreign Affairs included different views on the Kosovo crisis.
sreda 16.11.2011 | 10:47 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Anti-Corruption Agency Director Zorana Marković has stated that an audit has been launched in order to determine whether parties broke the law on party funding.
sreda 16.11.2011 | 09:19 | Source: Radio Free Europe | Comments: (21) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo assembly Speaker Jakup Krasniqi has said that it is necessary for Kosovo and Serbia’s borders to be mutually recognized.