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Serbia: 'Historical mistake' - US Balkans envoy condemns EU accession decision

9 610 04.11.2019 Инфо

W/S Serbian and US delegations meeting in Belgrade
M/S Matthew Palmer, US Special Representative for the Western Balkans
W/S Aleksandar Vucic, President of Serbia
W/S Palmer and Vucic entering press room
SOT, Aleksandar Vucic, President of Serbia (Serbian): "I think we clarified many things. And I believe that on the Kosovo and Metohija issue, soon - when I say soon, I mean in two or three months - we will have the conditions to continue the dialogue. We want that dialogue to be serious, responsible and to lead to a compromise solution. And - as I've told Mr Palmer not only once, as well as and other representatives of international community - Serbia is ready for a compromise but Serbia is not and will never be ready for its own humiliation, the humiliation and belittling of the Serbian people on Kosovo and Metohija, as well as in general, and in our own state."
C/U Serbian coat of arms *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Matthew Palmer, US Special Representative for the Western Balkans : "I think there's room in Kosovo for a lot of different voices to be heard. But at the same time we think it's important that the results of the democratic elections are respected and it's quite clear that Srpska Lista [Serbian party in Kosovo] earned the support of the vast majority of Kosovo Serbs and the right to represent them in the government. That's something that I spoke about at length with leaders in Kosovo, including with Mr Kurti, and it's important that Kosovo Serbs have the opportunity to express themselves not only openly in public, but through the political process as well."
M/S Flags *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Matthew Palmer, US Special Representative for the Western Balkans (Serbian): "Today, President Vucic and myself had opportunity to discuss the current political situation not only in Serbia but in the whole region. And this is extremely important, especially after the failure by the European Union to find a compromise regarding the accession talks with North Macedonia and Albanian. And this, in our opinion, a historical mistake and that is a bad message to the entire region."
M/S Palmer and Vucic shaking hands
W/S Palmer and Vucic leaving
SCRIPT
US Special Representative for the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer visited Belgrade on Monday, during which he met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to discuss regional matters.
The meeting took place against the backdrop of Palmer's remarks during a visit to Kosovo last week, where he reportedly said that Serbia would never join the European Union unless it recognizes Kosovo's independence.
Speaking to journalists after their meeting, Vucic said many things had been clarified. "On the Kosovo and Metohija issue, soon - when I say soon, I mean in two or three months - we will have the conditions to continue the dialogue. We want that dialogue to be serious, responsible and to lead to a compromise solution," he said.
"Serbia is ready for a compromise but Serbia is not and will never be ready for its own humiliation, the humiliation and belittling of the Serbian people on Kosovo and Metohija, as well as in general, and in our own state," he added.
Palmer stated, "I think there's room in Kosovo for a lot of different voices to be heard. But at the same time we think it's important that the results of the democratic elections are respected and it's quite clear that Srpska Lista [Serbian party in Kosovo] earned the support of the vast majority of Kosovo Serbs and the right to represent them in the government."
Palmer also commented on the European Union failing to give a date to Albania and North Macedonia for the official beginning of the accession talks, characterising it as a "historical mistake."