"We're no longer willing to listen to promises"

It is crucial for Serbia that the EU responds whether, and in what time-frame, it is interested in Serbia's membership, says President Aleksandar Vucic.

Source: Tanjug
(Tanjug, file)
(Tanjug, file)

In an interview with the Italian ANSA news agency on Wednesday, he said this was "the crucial issue for Serbia" and that the country was "no longer willing to listen to promises."

Speaking ahead of the gathering, the president assessed that Wednesday's Western Balkans Summit in Trieste would be "very important, because the countries of the region will for the first have concrete activities with tangible results."

As he pointed out, infrastructure projects are especially important for Serbia, starting with the Nis-Pristina highway.

"This is a project of fundamental importance, which has not only economic but also political significance for relations between Serbs and Albanians, the two most numerous people in the Western Balkans. When roads are being built, there is no time to look at the past," he added.

Vucic said he saw the creation of a regional transport community as the summit's primary focus, while it would also discuss the establishment of "a regional economic zone."

"And what is very important is that all this will be discussed in the presence of Angela Merkel, Emanuel Macron and Paolo Gentiloni," said Vucic.

Speaking about the 1995 crime in Srebrenica, Vucic said it was "horrible, and must never be repeated" while perpetrators "must be held responsible."

At the same time, he added that it was "important to look to the future and to build peace and stability together with Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims)."

"It's no good to constantly return to the past, we have to think of what is ahead of us and what we have to do in the coming years. When we have better connections, better roads and bridges, relations among our nations will surely be better," Vucic said.

The president said that one of the projects at the table during the summit in Trieste was the highway between Belgrade and Sarajevo.

"These are concrete things, and when we realize them, when we are thinking about how to improve the standard of living and provide more jobs for young people, nobody will think about the past," concluded Vucic.

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