Serbia did not agree to the plan of Germany and France to resolve the conflict with Kosovo
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The country's Foreign Ministry says that Berlin and Paris have proposed a draft peace settlement, implying the membership of the Republic of Kosovo in the UN without formal recognition by Belgrade.
The Serbian authorities rejected the German and French plan for a peaceful settlement of the conflict with the Republic of Kosovo. This was stated in an interview by Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic.
According to the diplomat, Berlin and Paris proposed their own project for a peaceful settlement of the conflict, according to which the Republic of Kosovo will become a member of the UN without formal recognition by Belgrade. However, Serbia does not intend to recognize the independence of the country.
Dacic said that the National Security Council of Serbia unanimously concluded that this proposal from Germany and France is unacceptable.
“In it [the plan settlement] the starting point is that the independence of Kosovo is already a settled issue, but we do not accept this,” the Foreign Minister commented.
At the same time, the head of the Foreign Ministry stressed that Serbia will never get an ideal solution for itself on this issue.
“We are in a space where there are no ideal solutions, and we must carefully evaluate what we can and what we cannot accept without jeopardizing our most important interests,” he said.
What preceded this?
On Saturday, November 5, representatives of the Kosovo Serbs decided to withdraw from the parliament, government, courts and police of the Republic of Kosovo. This happened after the capital of the republic, Pristina, decided to remove the head of the Serbian police in the north of the partially recognized state.
“We decided to leave all political institutions, parliament, government and four municipalities in north of Kosovo, as well as to suspend the presence and work of Serbs in the judiciary and the police in northern Kosovo,” the leader of the Serbs in Kosovo, chairman of the Serb List Party, Goran Rakic, told reporters.
According to him, the Serbs in Kosovo is not threatened by anyone and is trying to “keep the peace”.
In accordance with the Constitution of Serbia, the territory of the Republic of Kosovo is part of the Republic of Serbia and is part of it as an autonomous province of Kosovo and Metohija. In reality, Kosovo is not controlled by the Serbian authorities. In turn, the northern part of Kosovo, where the majority of the population is Serbs, is not subject to the authorities in Pristina.
Serbia and Kosovo: the position of the European Union
Later on Saturday, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell held talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti. After that, Borrell said that the withdrawal of Kosovo Serbs from all institutions of power in Pristina is not a solution to the current differences and could provoke further escalation on the ground.
“We call on the representatives of Serbia and Kosovo Serbs to respect their obligations in the dialogue and return institutions in Kosovo to carry out their duties, in particular in the police, the judiciary and local administrations,” the statement emphasizes.