Serbian PM Downplays Kosovo Issue, ‘Not Linked to EU’
Serbia's Prime Minister Ivica Dacic suggested that recognizing the status of Kosovo is not a necessary prerequisite to entering the European Union.
"The EU accession process is not a matter linked to the status of Kosovo. Our stance with regard to Kosovo's status does not change and was never on the agenda", Dacic told reporters in Brussels.
The Serbian PM noted that the EU itself is divided on the issue of Kosovo, with some member states yet to recognize it. Nonetheless, he made it clear Serbia would continue the dialogue with its neighbor.
Dacic called the start of the EU membership talks, "the most important event for Serbia since the end of WWII".
He said that his people have deserved this moment and expects the talks to be complete by 2018.
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"What, Serbia doesn't need the 6-8 billion euros it would get from the EU as a member state?"---"What, Serbian audience doesn't like my fantastic tricks ?", asked the juggler "EU"...
"how Serbia will deal with its remaining war criminals are among the most important issues to be solved"---yeah,
it's the "issue"! And there are nice examples of "solution" in Croatia and, say, in Kosovo, where the real war criminals became the State leaders, without mentioning the NATO member-states' example, it's when their leaders decided to spread the special "DU"(depleted uranium) muck on the Serbian fields...
Welcome to the lovely bunch of the jugglers-swingers, Serbia.
I doubt that Mr. Dacic believes in what he is saying. There can be no doubt that Serbia's acceptance of Kosovo's independence, together with the question of how Serbia will deal with its remaining war criminals are among the most important issues to be solved. Another area where Serbia has to make a big progress if it wants EU membership is the question of rights of ethnic minorities in the country.