"Serbia does not want to remove UN from talks"

NEW YORK -- Ivica Dačić says he will tell the UN Security Council about problems in Kosovo and Metohija "related to the lack of respect of fundamental human rights."

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The Serbian prime minister will on Monday in New York take part in the session called to discuss the latest regular report on Kosovo submitted by UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

Dačić announced that other issues he planned to address had to do with "security, and the property of the Serbian Orthodox Church."

"It is very important to note that Serbia does not want to exclude UN completely from the negotiating process with Priština," Dačić said in a statement to the RTS.

"By a resolution of the General Assembly, the previous government accepted that the dialogue be conducted with European Union mediation, but based on the mandate that is based on Resolution 1244," Dačić said, stressing that Serbia has not, and will not, change its position on the status of Kosovo and Metohija, but that it is working on normalizing the ties with Priština.

"If anyone wants this issue to be discussed, we are ready. The issue has not been resolved in a final manner as Priština says. The issue will never be resolved without Serbia's consent and without an agreement made with Serbia, especially not without the United Nations," Dačić said.

He announced that he will also speak about arrests that have taken place in Kosovo in recent days, in particular the arrest of Oliver Ivanović, a candidate for mayor of northern Kosovska Mitrovica, as well as issues that Serbia sees as disruptive to stability in Kosovo.

Dačić said that, after the visit to New York, he will travel to Brussels with First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, where they will continue the EU-mediated talks on Kosovo's judiciary with Priština's representatives.

"We have presented our compromise proposals, and I do not know what more we can do. Obviously, (Hashim) Thaci's assessment in this pre-election period is that political compromises do not suit him, and whether a compromise is possible at all remains in question," Dačić said.