“No negotiations without implementation of footnote”
Belgrade team chief Borislav Stefanović says Serbia will leave the negotiating table if a footnote is not placed on Kosovo’s nameplate at regional meetings.Source: Večernje novosti
“The agreement on the regional representation cannot be implemented if the agreed footnote text is not written on a nameplate in front of Kosovo officials. Serbia’s representatives will not take part in their deception and allow them that only Kosovo with an asterisk is written on the plate,” he told daily Večernje novosti.
EU facilitator in the talks Robert Cooper said earlier that Belgrade was misinterpreting the agreement.
Stefanović stressed that the agreement said “that either an explanation or a footnote that Kosovo is represented in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and the opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) must be written on nameplates”.
“All EU member states, the U.S. and regional organizations have been informed about it. The current interpretation represents violation of a hard-won compromise,” he explained and added that the footnote needed to be clearly visible.
“I have never hidden anything and I informed both institutions and citizens about everything that was agreed on a daily basis. The fact that Cooper and Kosovo Albanians are now falsifying agreements has nothing to do with me,” the team chief stressed.
He noted that it was obvious that Cooper was “now taking part in violation of the agreements that have been reached” and that somebody wanted to accuse the Serbian side for it.
“The international diplomats that were acting like Cooper were usually later interested in oil shale, energy resources or telecommunication in Kosovo. He has discredited himself as a facilitator in the dialogue,” Stefanović added.
He believes that the new Serbian government will reach an agreement with President Tomislav Nikolić on further steps in the Belgrade-Priština talks.
“It is useful to come up with a unique strategy. There are ideas that the dialogue should be raised to a political level, which could be good. It is important to continue to lead the state policy wisely and in the national interest, without rally-like slogans and big words that have absolutely no results behind them,” Stefanović concluded.