Serbian PM: Government cannot and will not recognise Kosovo

The only instant solution for Kosovo-Metohija that would cut the Gordian Knot would be a recognition of Kosovo's independence by the Serbian government, but the government cannot and will not do that, Serbian Prime Minister designate Aleksandar Vucic said Wednesday.

Ethnic Albanians in Kosovo unilaterally declared independence in this southern Serbian province in 2008, an act that Belgrade considers a violation of its Constitution and its territorial integrity. 

Vucic also said that his previous government "did the difficult and important work" with the Brussels agreement - reached within the EU-sponsored Belgrade-Pristina dialogue - and compared it to the Dayton peace agreement that ended the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and which, according to the PM-designate, protects the rights of Serbs, and safeguards the Serb Republic (RS) - i.e., the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina. 

"Professionally the most difficult job for me was having to explain to the Serbs after the Brussels agreement what it was, and I told them then that in the past we attacked the Dayton agreement, and now it's the Holy Writ that protects the rights of Serbs," said Vucic. 

Last update: Thu, 25/08/2016 - 17:24

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