Vucic: Readiness to accept the concept, reservations regarding one issue

NEWS 20.01.2023 18:52

Following his meeting with EU, US, French, German and Italian representatives, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that, in the coming days and weeks, he will hold consultations with members of the Government, Parliament and all other important groups in the society and that “we are ready to accept the concept and to work on the implementation of the proposed agreement,” and stressed that he voiced “all his concerns and showed reservations regarding one important issue, one very important thing.”

“Of course I can’t talk about that because the proposal is not public,” said Vucic following his meeting with European Union (EU) Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue Miroslav Lajcak, US Special Envoy for Western Balkans Gabriel Escobar, advisors to the German Chancellor and French President Jens Ploetner and Emmanuel Bonne and Italian Prime Minister’s diplomatic advisor Francesco Talo.

The Serbian President said “today’s was a very difficult, maybe the most difficult talk we ever had.”

“What we do agree on is that a frozen conflict is not a solution and that, when you have a frozen conflict, it is just a matter of time when someone will unfreeze it and irresponsible individuals will destroy the peace and stability of the entire Western Balkans,” he said.

Vucic said he had been “unequivocally presented with the problems and challenges that would be placed before our country if we failed to agree with the proposed plan.“

“Under these and such conditions, we asked the ‘four plus Lajcak’ to help all of us overcome the turbulence we are facing in Kosovo and Metohija and we believe that it is high time that the Community of Serb Municipalities (CSM) was formed, which was not just promised but also signed ten years ago. This is a matter of urgency, because only after that will talks and (the Kosovo Serbs’) return to (Kosovo) institutions be possible, and at least some kind of normalization of the situation,” said Vucic.

“There are no easy days ahead of us,” said Vucic, and announced “many difficult decisions.” He added that “people should know that there are no nice or sweet talks here.”

“The one thing I can say is that I really did my best to guard and protect Serbia, which I will continue to do for at least a while longer,” said the Serbian President.