German Ambassador: Serbia has never been Asked by EU to Recognize Kosovo

The German ambassador to Serbia said yesterday that Serbia has never been asked to recognize Kosovo as a precondition for EU accession talks.

“We have never asked for recognition of Kosovo independence as a condition for Serbia’s joining the European Union (EU),” German Ambassador to Belgrade Wolfram Maas says in an interview for Serbia’s Blic yesterday.

“What we expect is the resolution of problems and a normalization of relations. From personal experience we know that there is a lot of maneuvering space,” the German  Ambassador continued. In his view, there is no alternative to the dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade.

Mr. Maas believes that it is futile to speculate about when Serbia will get a date for the start of the pre-accession talks. There are simply too many parties involved to risk any predictions now. In Maas’s words the goal of the forthcoming Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Belgrade is to check the progress of Serbia  during a meeting the Copenhagen.

(Sources: Blic; 20 August 2011)


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