“Vučić should be guarantor of Brussels agreements”

BELGRADE -- The Democratic Party (DS) has joined Berlin’s request that First Deputy PM Aleksandar Vučić should be more actively involved in the Belgrade-Priština dialogue.

Ivica Dačić and Aleksandar Vučić (Tanjug, file)
Ivica Dačić and Aleksandar Vučić (Tanjug, file)

This is according to daily Danas.

Experts believe that Vučić could get involved in the issue on a diplomatic level and work on the implementation of the Brussels agreements, especially with Serbs in Kosovo.

The analysts expect Vučić to join the dialogue in April but they do not expect him to replace Prime Minister Ivica Dačić as Serbia’s chief negotiator in Brussels.

DS whip in the Serbian parliament Borislav Stefanović told Danas that the DS proposed that Vučić join the dialogue because it was “obvious that the first deputy PM heads all activities in the government but avoids to get involved in something that is not popular”.

Stefanović said that the first deputy PM, just like all others, should help find the best possible solution and warned that it “is very harmful if one man decides on everything and the whole nation is waiting for him to present his stance on TV”.

“From the aspect of the government’s organization, Vučić’s involvement in the negotiations with Priština would be an irrational mixing of departments, because the prime minister is dealing with Kosovo. I cannot comment on his authority and the West’s expectations, although it is known that the EU, the U.S. and Berlin only like those who efficiently carry out their tasks. This is not a problem of who but what kind of policy is carried out,” Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) whip Slobodan Samardžić told the daily.

Center for New Policy Director Vladimir Todorić explained that the “German request that Vučić be involved in the negotiations was aimed at persuading Kosovo Serbs to accept solutions, not at replacing Dačić as the negotiator”.

He noted that the first deputy PM “would join the dialogue only if he led it”, adding that it would be much better for Belgrade if he helped “Serbia’s poor diplomatic activity, which is the reason why states such as Egypt and Romania are thinking about changing their stance on Kosovo’s independence”.

Political analyst Dušan Janjić stressed that Vučić “has already helped several times in Kosovo, primarily in the solving of KFOR’s status so NATO could stay in Kosovo under this name and Americans could go to the north”.

He added that Vučić “took part in all agreements of top state officials and that it was clear during the visit of (former U.S. Secretary of State) Hillary Clinton and (EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy) Catherine Ashton that they counted on his role as the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) leader in the involvement of Serbs from northern Kosovo in the negotiating process”.

“I do not expect Vučić to take over the negotiations from Dačić because it is risky and difficult. He will not show up in Brussels before April and he will act as a guarantor for the implementation of the agreements that have been reached because Dačić’s reputation in the international community has been violated and the Socialist Party of Serbia does not have a political network in the field that is powerful enough,” he stressed, adding that Vučić would as a defense minister and coordinator of security services would have the “most delicate job” in the implementation of the Brussels agreements.