Serbian FM Djuric: Belgrade-Pristina dialogue is in a coma


Serbia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Marko Djuric said that the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue is in a coma.

Djuric told the Serbian state TV (RTS) that this coma has nothing to do with European Union (EU) Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue Miroslav Lajcak, but with the fact that the countries that could exert influence are failing to do so.

The minister said he will engage in intense diplomatic activity in the coming period, and stressed that a new European Parliament has been elected, that some things in Europe are changing, and that “next year could be a year in which the situation will be more favorable.”

Commenting on the recent arrest of a Serb in Kosovo, Djuric said this happened despite the written guarantees of the United States and the European Union that none on the people who participated in the protests and barricades in Kosovo would be arrested.

“He is a political prisoner. I hope for a public and clear reaction from the EU and the US,” said Djuric.

If the EU lifts the measures imposed on Kosovo a year ago, that will be an encouragement “for Kurti’s new unilateral moves,” said the minister, adding that he will soon have a serious discussion about Kosovo with EU foreign policy and security chief Josep Borrell.