U.S. against executive powers for Serb municipalities

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. is against giving executive powers and immediate elections to the community of Serb municipalities, Tanjug has learned in Washington.

A high official of the Washington administration told Tanjug that the U.S. was not against the community of Serb municipalities but that it did not want a solution to be similar to that of the Republic of Srpska in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

“We want a functional solution, not another Republic of Srpska in Kosovo,” he noted.

Commenting on a statement that Belgrade believes it is important for the community of Serb municipalities to get executive powers and not merely formal capacities and that it will not renounce the stand even at the cost of the date of EU accession talks, the U.S. official replied that the stand was a well-known fact before.

“We will see what will happen over the next few days, there is still room for talks,” the U.S. official said.

He expressed hope that Belgrade would show a flexible and constructive attitude and that this was the only way to reach a common starting point.

According to him, there is still time until April when the European Commission is due to decide on the date of Serbia's EU accession talks.

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić announced that during their visit to Brussels, Serbia's top officials would openly discuss the issue of the country's further EU integration with European partners.

“When you exert intense pressure, a breakdown may occur,” he said.

“There is no room left, what we proposed was done sincerely and Serbia cannot offer anything beyond that,” the PM added and noted that the executive powers for Serb municipalities were crucial.

The next round of the Belgrade-Priština talks will be held in Brussels on March 20.