"Authorities will ask people — Kosovo or EU"
Source: Večernje novosti
BELGRADE -- The state is deciding on the further steps in its Kosovo policy, to be taken after the United Nations General Assembly, the media in Belgrade are reporting.
Should Brussels - i.e., the European Union (EU) - insist on Serbia's recognition of Kosovo as independent - "the citizens will decide" - Belgrade's Večernje Novosti daily writes on Tuesday, hinting at a possibility of a referendum.
Top state officials are "completely aware" that the policy of defending Kosovo and attempting to join the EU had "hit the wall", after a delegation of the ruling German party last week in Belgrade delivered their country's demands that Serbia should meet to continue its EU integrations. One of them is for Serbia to establish "good neighborly relations" with the territory its Constitution defines as its province.
Now, sources with the government and the presidency in Belgrade told the newspaper that should this condition, that amounts to Serbia de fact recognizing Kosovo, be presented in a direct manner - "it is not ruled out that the citizens of Serbia themselves could decide".
"Only the citizens could decide on a dilemma like this, that would make decision on the defense of the Constitution and territorial integrity, and the state's strategic direction on the other hand," the sources were quoted as saying.
It is expected that immediately after attending UN General Assembly sessions in New York, President Tomislav Nikolić will gather together top officials, opposition leaders and most important state institutions in order to harmonize a policy that Serbia will adopt to face "great challenges ahead".
According to the newspaper the ruling parties will as soon as in early October initiate broad consultations, with the goal of establishing a national consensus when it comes to the next moves concerning Serbia's southern province.
Before this happens, Serbian officials will, while in New York, try to "feel the pulse" of their counterparts from powerful countries concerning Serbia's policy toward Kosovo and the EU.
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ZUBIN POTOK -- Kosovo Office head Aleksandar Vulin has said that the Serbian government would never give up on any of its people or stop fighting for the province.
nedelja 16.09.2012 | 13:39 | Source: Danas | Comments: (1) | Send comment
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VRANJE -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić says that Serbia needs to "act skillfully" in order to be accepted into the EU without having to "verify Kosovo's independence".
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PRIŠTINA -- A KFOR spokesman has said that the number of international troops in Kosovo will not increase in the coming period.
subota 15.09.2012 | 12:33 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (22) | Send comment
ZVEČAN -- Director of the Serbian government Office for Kosovo and Metohija Aleksandar Vulin says Serbia's institutions in the province "will survive".
petak 14.09.2012 | 20:03 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE, BRUSSELS --
The Serbian government did not make any decisions on the conditions set before the country by Germany's ruling CDU party, says Deputy PM Aleksandar Vučić.
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BELGRADE -- Cabinet member Rasim Ljajić has said that the condition set before Serbia was to "implement the Kosovo dialogue agreements".
petak 14.09.2012 | 14:49 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (11) | Send comment
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petak 14.09.2012 | 11:14 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
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PODGORICA -- PM Ivica Dačić says Serbia respects Montenegro's independence and that he would strive to keep the relations between the two countries at the highest level.
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BELGRADE -- Oliver Ivanović says the German demand for Serbia to establish "a contractual relationship" with Kosovo is a red line which nobody will cross.
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BELGRADE -- Germany expects that before the start of its EU accession talks Serbia will sign "a joint, legally-binding statement" with Priština.
četvrtak 13.09.2012 | 15:10 | Source: RTS, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
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četvrtak 13.09.2012 | 13:32 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
SARAJEVO -- PM and Interior Minister Ivica Dačić has said in Sarajevo that Serbia will pursue "a policy of straight dealings and straightforward relations" in the region.
četvrtak 13.09.2012 | 13:05 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (13) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Opposition DSS leader Vojislav Koštunica says Serbia's new government "has given up on the detrimental policy" that membership in the EU "has no alternative".
četvrtak 13.09.2012 | 12:02 | Source: Beta | Comments: (5) | Send comment
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Russian Ambassador Aleksandr Konuzin says Serbia nurtures warm and friendly feelings toward his country, and announced he would end his diplomatic career soon.
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BELGRADE -- EP President Martin Schulz has explained that the statement that "Serbia should recognize Kosovo if it wants to join the EU" was "his personal estimate".
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NOVI SAD -- An extraordinary session of the Novi Sad Assembly which lasted over 20 hours finished early on Thursday with the election of a new mayor.
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BRUSSELS -- EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will discuss the continuation of the Kosovo dialogue with President Tomislav Nikolić and Kosovo PM Hashim Thaci.
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BELGRADE -- Chinese Ambassador in Belgrade Zhang Wanxue has said that China supports Serbia's sovereignty and territorial integrity in the entire territory of the country.
sreda 12.09.2012 | 13:41 | Source: Beta | Comments: (43) | Send comment
BERLIN -- A senior official of Germany's ruling CDU party has said that Serbia "will have to recognize Kosovo" during its EU accession talks.
sreda 12.09.2012 | 09:30 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BERLIN -- Aleksandar Vučić stated on Tuesday that he had important talks with German officials regarding Serbia's future and its European perspectives and Kosovo.
sreda 12.09.2012 | 09:25 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (29) | Send comment
SOCHI -- Russian and Serbian presidents Vladimir Putin and Tomislav Nikolić have agreed that the UN should have the primary role in the search for a solution for Kosovo.