Monday, November 12, 2012

Lunacek:No EU for Serbia before recognizing Kosovo

STRASBOURG, PRISTINA - European Parliament Rapporteur for Kosovo Ulrike Lunacek has said that Serbia will not be able to join the EU if it does not recognize Kosovo's independence, Radio Free Europe reported Saturday.

  I have reiterated this on several occasions, because the EU will not allow a new Cyprus in the Union, Lunacek said, cited by Pristina-based media. The EU will not admit any country without its boundaries defined first, she added. In its talks with Pristina, she said, the Serbian party might require a broad autonomy and perhaps a special status for northern Kosovo. 

 There is no chance of Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and Kosovo Prime Minister Hasim Taci arriving at a Kosovo partition agreement, as all those who know the situation in the region can see clearly there can be no more divisions or new borders in the Balkans, said Lunacek.

 Lunacek believes the biggest problem in the negotiations will be the implementation of the agreement on integrated management of administrative crossings. I am convinced, however, that Belgrade will not trifle with its European perspective, the Austrian MEP told Radio Free Europe.

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