Vulin: Serbia has no security structures in Kosovo

BELGRADE -- Head of the Government Office for Kosovo Aleksandar Vulin said on Monday that Serbia has no security structures in northern Kosovo.

Vulin meets with ambassadors (Tanjug)
Vulin meets with ambassadors (Tanjug)

"If we had them, we would control them and there would not be so much violence in Kosovo, which always goes unpunished. We do not have them, we respect UN Security Council Resolution 1244," said Vulin.

Vulin said the statement of Priština's coordinator in the dialogue Blerim Sala - that an agreement to remove security structures has already been reached - does not help the dialogue process but stalls it or even prevents it from continuing.

Asked what security structures they were talking about, Vulin told reporters at the Palace of Serbia, where he met with ambassadors of the countries which have not recognized Kosovo, that Priština considers everything that exists in Kosovo a security structure while Belgrade does not.

He added that people who live in Kosovo and are members of some ministry are considered unassigned and that this is Serbia's official position.

He urged the Serbian public to have more confidence in its own government and pay less heed to what Kosovo Albanian politicians are doing to please their voters, repeating that Sala's statements hinder the dialogue.

"If we had already agreed about everything, we would not be meeting in Brussels to negotiate," said Vulin, adding that no issue can or will be discussed in isolation.

"Either we will find a comprehensive solution or there will be no solution," said Vulin, adding that security and the judiciary cannot be discussed separately from education, local government or even a community of Serb municipalities.

Vulin encouraged everyone involved in the dialogue to stop playing to their political audience and instead focus on the interests of the people in Kosovo.

Vulin discusses Kosovo with ambassadors

Aleksandar Vulin on Monday met with ambassadors of the non-European countries which have not recognized Kosovo.

Ahead of the meeting he told reporters he would ask them not to consider changing this position "since that would inflict considerable harm to the negotiating process."

Vulin added that the goal of the talks is to inform “friends from the international community and the largest part of the planet which has not recognized Kosovo” about the views of official Belgrade and developments in the negotiating process with Priština.

“Of course, we will ask them not to think about the change of status and possible recognition, particularly while the talks are underway since that that would inflict considerable harm to the negotiating process,” Vulin explained.

“Serbia wants to show one more time to its friends how highly it appreciates their role and the role of their countries, and the fact that they are committed to resisting the great pressure that comes from maybe the most powerful countries in the world,” he added.

“The friendship with our country and the international law preserve Serbia's position in KiM,” Vulin concluded.

Kosovo's ethnic Albanians made their unilateral declaration of independence more than five years ago - a proclamation which Serbia rejected.