Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic during a summit of government heads of six western Balkan states in Sarajevo on Thursday said that he had raised the issue of problems in bilateral relations and that he had done so with the desire for those problems not to be hidden as that doesn't lead to anything.
"Naturally that we discussed problems," Vucic told reporters after a joint press conference with the other five prime ministers at which he decided not to speak.
After stating at the conference that he had nothing to say, he left the prime ministers of Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania without the opportunity to say anything either. They had no other choice but to leave the press conference.
After being caught by reporters later, Vucic confirmed that outstanding issues were on the agenda of the Sarajevo summit because "there was no sense in burying one's head in the sand like an ostrich."
"Our talks on the problems are fairly evident. It appears to me that mine were the most open. We agreed on what we can and what we cannot agree on," he said.
One such talk was held with Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa at an informal dinner in Sarajevo on Wednesday evening which touched on the issue of registering state property in Kosovo in the state's name, which has led to new tension between Belgrade and Pristina.
"There were no problems," Vucic said commenting on some media reports that the dinner almost ended in a row.
Vucic confirmed that in future he would advocate resolving problems that Serbia has in the relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and said what his a priority was. "We will work on intensifying dialogue between Bosniaks and Serbs. That's of key significance for us."
Prior to departing Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vucic met in east Sarajevo with Republika Srpska (RS) President Milorad Dodik.
After that meeting, Dodik told reporters that RS was prepared to cooperate on joint projects such as the establishment of a common market and a customs union in the region and that he had discussed this with Vucic. Dodik believes that Bosnia and Herzegovina doesn't have the capacity for projects of that nature "because it doesn't have a prime minister at the state level" and that this should be exclusively in the remit of entities.