Serbia Vice-PM: Sneaky EU Wants Us to Recognize Kosovo
Serbian citizens and government should face the reality that the EU's requirement for membership is Serbia's recognition of the Kosovo's independence, said vice-PM and Interior Minister Ivica Dacic.
"Let us stop fooling ourselves. Recognizing Kosovo's independence is EU's requirement," said Dacic Tuesday at a conference on security in Belgrade, reports Serbian agency Blic.
The Serbian Minister's words come after Serbia failed to get a much-expected official EU candidate status at the European Council end of last week.
Tuesday Dacic criticized the EU of "betraying the expectations of Serbia's citizens" and of changing its radically switching its requirements in the process of EU integration.
"In 2000, when talks started, no one put on the table the question of Kosovo's independence, while 11 years later we cannot even get a candidate status," remarked the Serbian Minister of Interior.
Dacic recalled that Serbia removed Slobodan Milosevic from power, installed key internal reforms, fully cooperated with the Hague International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and adopted a number of declarations relating to misdeeds during the Yugoslav wars in the 1990s - all requirements for the EU integration process.
"If the European Union is no longer looking for enlargement, it better say so," quipped the Serbian Interior Minister, adding that he is fully supportive of the EU integration of his country, given it will not breach key national interests.
This is the first statement so far by a senior Serbian official admitting that recognizing the independence of breakaway province of Kosovo is a de facto requirement by the European Union.
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