Serbia’s Head of Negotiating Team: “We can’t Allow Serbia to be Ousted from Kosovo”


The head of Serbia’s negotiating team and minister for Kosovo in the Serbian government said today, that the Kosovo crisis is over and that all outstanding issues will be solved by dialogue.

“The crisis is over, and we are about to enter the dialogue in Brussels. We believe that we will be able to resolve the problem of customs seals, although this issue is not connected to the issue of administrative crossings. This is our red line.We cannot allow Pristina to establish its institutions in the north, or to have the state of Serbia ousted from Kosovo-Metohija,” Stefanovic said in an interview for the Belgrade-based daily Blic.

He said that the unity of the Serb municipalities in north Kosovo is necessary and criticized that the latest session of the municipal assemblies in Leposavic on Tuesday was suspended, but added that this should not be overly dramatized since the agreement with KFOR will be implemented.

“This agreement is not ideal, and the Serbs in north Kosovo do not accept the ban on flow of goods over three and a half tons, but this was the only solution to avoid attacks on Serbs and possible victims”, Stefanovic said. He stated that it will not be easy to restore the situation to the conditions prior to setting fire on the Jarinje administrative crossing and the seizure of the Brnjak crossing by special Kosovo police unit ROSU.

Meanwhile, Kosovo media quoted German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, who is on a visit to Pristina as saying that Germany considers the territorial unity of Kosovo is undisputable. After his meeting with Kosovo Prime Minister Hasim Thaci, Westerwelle called on the EU member-states that have not recognized Kosovo to do so. In the words of German Foreign Minister, it is of crucial importance for the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina to continue as soon as possible.

Of all EU-countries only Greece, Romania, Slovakia and Spain have not recognized Kosovo yet.

(Sources: Blic, Middle East & Balkans News; 11 August 2011)

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