Tensions between Rama, Vucic: „In Serbia people choose their godfathers“

Vučić Rama
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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told a join media conference with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama in Belgrade that Serbia will continue to develop friendly relations with Albania, despite, he said, occasionally differing views on certain issues. At the end of the conference there were tensions between Vucic and Rama when the Albanian Prime Minister said he has sent his draft statute of the Community of Serb Municipalities to Germany and France.

Stressing that Rama is “always welcome in Serbia,” Vucic said they discussed all regional issues and “our often different views on the situation in Kosovo.”

“I don’t think it would be fair to reveal anything… and I believe he won’t either, when it comes to differences in our views on how to resolve problems,” said Vucic, adding: „We will leave that to our countries and for further discussions this evening.”

I think that, following a decade of silence in relations between Serbia and Albania, the two of us started changing a bad political legacy and that, in the past year, we demonstrated, through concrete results, far better relations between our two peoples, said Vucic after his meeting with Rama.

Speaking about tensions in Kosovo, Vucic said he does not think that “any sane person looks forward to new national trenches and the possibility of any kind of conflict.”

Regarding a plan for de-escalation in northern Kosovo municipalities, the Serbian President said he expects the mayors elected in local elections boycotted by the Serbs to withdraw.

“The Serbian side has fulfilled everything else,” said Vucic, adding that Serbia wanting peace is “not a proclamation,” but that it is actually working on it.

Asked when he will meet and speak with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti, Vucic said he is open to finding a peaceful solution to the problems through talks.

“For me the most important thing is to for us to preserve peace and to think about economic growth,” said the Serbian President.

“We welcome Albania’s engagement within the Berlin Process,” said Vucic.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama thanked Vucic for his hospitality and an opportunity to meet and talk.

“We developed a habit of openly exchanging opinions, sometimes we agree, sometimes we disagree, but we have to work in favor of peace. Since the Prime Minister was not present we had time and certainly the opportunity to extensively discuss topics such as the Berlin Process and I believe we could make a new plan so the European Commission could draft a new financial plan for our countries to be part of the single economic market,” said Rama.

Toward the end of the media conference there were tensions between Vucic and Rama when the Albanian Prime Minister said that he has sent his draft statute of the Community of Serb Municipalities to Germany and France, which he described as “godfathers to the agreement” between Serbia and Kosovo.

In a sharp tone of voice Vucic said “in Serbia people choose their godfathers,” stressing that “the statute of the Community of Serb Municipalities can only be proposed by Serbia because that is what the Brussels agreement stipulates.”