Belgrade "supports Pristina's status-neutral participation"

Ivica Dacic says Serbia is ready to begin the procedure for obtaining full-fledged membership in the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF).

Source: Tanjug

The foreign minister spoke on Wednesday in Belgrade, at the opening of a gathering dedicated to "strengthening institutional cooperation between the OIF with Serbia and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, and Serbia's francophone possibilities."

In his address, Dacic recalled the ten-year participation and successful cooperation between Serbia and the OIF, and opposed any politicization of the work of international organizations such as this one.

"Although so-called Kosovo has been granted observer status in the OIF at the Summit in Dakar in November 2014, I would like to stress that Serbia's intention is not to isolate anyone - but we are against the politicization of the work of international organizations, including the OIF, UNESCO and the entire UN system," said Dacic.

Serbia is strongly committed to the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, which is taking place under the auspices of the EU, Dacic emphasized, adding that Belgrade supports Pristina's participation in the work of numerous regional and international initiatives - but in a status-neutral manner and in accordance with UNSC Resolution 1244.

The minister, who also serves as first deputy prime minister, recalled that the first foreign policy priority of Serbia was full membership in the EU.

"We are actively committed to making progress in the (EU membership) negotiation process and in opening new negotiating chapters. At the same time, we are trying to maximize cooperation, both with big countries - the US, Russia and China - and with all partners around the world, as well as to actively participate in the work of regional and international organizations," he added.

All of these activities are based on our determination to conduct a principled and peaceful policy, Dacic concluded.


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