Ashton: EU "only assisted" with Brussels agreement
Source: Tanjug, Novi magazin
BELGRADE -- EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton has said that the Brussels agreement "is not her success."
Rather, it is the success of Belgrade and Priština, while the EU "just assisted in that process," she said in an interview.
"The two prime ministers reached that agreement. They showed political courage, resolve and desire to arrive at a solution. My role and that of my team was to help in the efforts. That was their success," Ashton told the Belgrade-based weekly Novi Magazin, which declared her "the Person of the Year."
Ashton underlined that everything she has been doing, she has done in the name of the EU.
"The only victory here was secured by Belgrade and Priština, but the European Union is a significant player in the region which has much to offer- the knowledge acquired in the past, but also hope for the future," she notes.
Ashton said that the EU member states support the opening of Serbia's membership negotiations, and the negotiations on the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with Kosovo.
"One of the reasons for such a position is the significant progress that both sides achieved in normalizing their relations," she was quoted as saying.
The EU high representative underscored that "all agreements reached in the framework of the EU-facilitated dialogue are binding, and the implementation takes time."
"Both sides approached the implementation process very seriously, with resolve to do everything to the tiniest details. Up to this point, 50 people from Belgrade and Priština were in our offices for talks. All details are very important and so the sides will have to go through them all in detail - and that takes time," she said.
Ashton also pointed to "the close cooperation between Brussels and Washington during the dialogue."
"The Americans have fully backed the job that I have been doing - first, former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton, then her successor John Kerry. I am thankful to them for their selfless assistance," the EU's foreign policy chief stated.
Novi Magazin declared Ashton its Person of the Year because she "achieved what others did not manage to do in the last 20 years - to secure a historic deal between Belgrade and Priština, and demonstrated excellent negotiation skills in the talks with Ukraine, and concerning Iran's nuclear weapons program."
December 25, 2013 | 13:09 | Source: Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The ruling Progressives (SNS) could "in the first ten days of January" decide whether early parliamentary elections will be called, said Zorana Mihajlović.
December 25, 2013 | 11:42 | Source: RTS, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Milivoje Mihajlović said on Wednesday that "some services in charge of counterintelligence protection have failed to do their job."
December 25, 2013 | 10:37 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić has said that recognition of Kosovo, that is the issue of status, and UN membership for the territory was "a red line for Belgrade."
December 25, 2013 | 10:29 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- PM Ivica Dačić stated on Tuesday that the allegations about wiretapping Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić should be investigated.
December 25, 2013 | 09:23 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- PM Ivica Dačić has stated that the government elected by the citizens to open the door to the EU "achieved its goal and thus won its first important battle."
December 24, 2013 | 16:20 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
NIŠ -- A total of 25 tons of humanitarian aid sent by the Russian government for use by the Niš-based Serbian-Russian Emergency Situations Center arrived on Tuesday.
December 24, 2013 | 15:13 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- In 2014, Serbia should get a new set of media laws - on public information, public media services and electronic media.
December 24, 2013 | 13:10 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (18) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- The meetings of the four municipal assemblies in northern Kosovo towns, that had been scheduled for Tuesday, will be postponed, it has been announced.
December 24, 2013 | 12:38 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (26) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić told B92 in an interview that Serbia is now facing "a number of dilemmas" that it needs to resolve.
December 24, 2013 | 10:56 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić said late Monday that he has no information that President Tomislav Nikolić was "still being eavesdropped."
December 24, 2013 | 10:01 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Branko Ružić says the prediction that Serbia could become an EU member in 2020 "is not too optimistic, but stems from real capabilities of the country."
December 24, 2013 | 09:24 | Source: Večernje novosti | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- First Deputy PM Aleksandar Vučić intends to spend Orthodox Christmas, January 7, with Serbs in Kosovo, the daily Večernje Novosti writes.
December 23, 2013 | 16:57 | Source: B92 | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić has told B92 in an interview that "the wiretapping affair is not over," and that he is still being secretly eavesdropped.
December 23, 2013 | 15:34 | Source: B92 | Comments: (9) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Michael Davenport says that negotiations do not entail recognition of Kosovo, "but comprehensive normalization of relations between Belgrade and Priština."
December 23, 2013 | 14:41 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- SNS Vice President Zorana Mihajlović said on Monday that the possibility of an early parliamentary election would depend on the speed of reforms.
December 23, 2013 | 14:03 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić said on Monday that the dialogue with Priština will continue in January, but that a date has yet to be set.
December 23, 2013 | 13:28 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (22) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian diaspora "can be the best engine of and development in the country and the greatest assistance and ambassador to improve Serbia's image."
December 23, 2013 | 11:04 | Source: Beta, RTS | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) Vice President Dijana Vukomanović believes that "the time is not right" for holding early parliamentary elections in Serbia.
December 23, 2013 | 09:50 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić said on Sunday there was "a realistic possibility of suspension of the visa-free travel arrangement with the EU."