Vucic: No recognition of Kosovo within current borders

In an interview to the Vienna daily Standard, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has ruled out the possibility of Belgrade recognising Kosovo within the current borders, adding that it is unlikely Belgrade will recognise Kosovo at all.

22 Oktobar 2019 13:59

VIENNA - In an interview to the Vienna daily Standard, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has ruled out the possibility of Belgrade recognising Kosovo within the current borders, adding that it is unlikely Belgrade will recognise Kosovo at all.

When asked if Serbia would ever recognise Kosovo as an equal member of the international community, Vucic said this was a difficult question for Serbs.

"However, we want to see what they (Pristina negotiators) say and why they say something. Of course, we also want to hear what the EU has to say. So far, the EU has set no preconditions to Serbia. However, we have heard from the Americans that this might have changed, but we want to hear that from our European partners. I cannot rule out the possibility that the EU will request a recognition, but it has not done so to date," Vucic explained.

He said the EU concept had been a model based on the agreement between the two Germanies, without a formal recognition by Belgrade, which he said would be simpler for Serbia.

When asked if Kosovo could be recognised by Belgrade within the current borders, Vucic responded:

"I can tell you that I am almost absolutely ruling that out."

Responding to a further question whether this meant a recognition could only happen with a border change or a land swap, he said he did not know what would happen.

"It is not very likely that we will recognise Kosovo. I do not think it will happen, but we cannot shut the door on dialogue. Both sides must lose to create a win-win situation," he said.

He said Pristina must lift its taxes on Serbian goods for the dialogue to be continued.


Photo: Tanjug/Z.Zestic, file


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