Vucic announces "bold proposal to citizens" on Kosovo

Aleksandar Vucic on Friday announced that the government will discuss "creating technical conditions for the internal dialogue on Kosovo" at its next session.

Source: Beta

The Serbian president said that he "spoke with Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and that the government would provide full logistics for the dialogue, and form working groups," Beta reported.

"We will listen to everything, after that we will be bold enough to present certain proposals to our citizens. I think that is of the utmost importance to us. It has content and substance," Vucic said as he addressed the closing of the Belgrade Security Forum.

The president also said that he thinks the solution to the Kosovo problem lies "somewhere between the Serb and Albanian concessions" and that the international community "should make an effort to understand both sides."

He said that this "internal dialogue" was necessary in order to "move closer together the wishes and the reality" - and that both sides "must do it."

"Otherwise, we will have this frozen conflict for the next 10-15 years, and we have no more time to lose, especially when we think about the future of our children and grandchildren," said Vucic.

According to him, the Balkans' path to the European Union also means that "political actors do not have the right to suffocate and hold each other back," and that "the most important thing is that the Western Balkans emerges from the economic crisis."

Vucic assessed that progress has been made in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina "on some issues," and that "people feel more secure and safer due to Brussels dialogue."

He also touched on the independence referendum in Catalonia - and apparently how it compares to the Kosovo issue - to say that it "raised many questions" and that Serbia "did not get the answers to those questions" - but called on the EU "not to be quiet, not to remain silent" when Serbia is "offering suggestions."

"We must not raise expectations among our people after what happened in Catalonia, because we cannot compare ourselves to larger and more powerful countries that are in a much better position than we are. We must consider all the things that we must tackle," said Vucic.


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