Sunday, March 31, 2013

Vulin: Listen to Serbia's arguments carefully

RANILUG - Aleksandar Vulin, the head of the Serbian government Office for Kosovo, expects Belgrade and Pristina will reach an agreement at the next round of dialogue if more attention is paid to Serbia's arguments.

Vulin said an agreement on April 2 in Brussels does not depend only on Serbia, but he expects Belgrade's arguments will be heard out more carefully than in the past and a conclusion made based on them. "If they listen to Serbia's arguments carefully, an agreement will be reached," Vulin said in Ranilug in the Kosovo-Pomoravlje District, where he met with local officials from Kosovska Kamenica.

 He said Belgrade's negotiating team is going to Brussels with clear arguments, clear ideas and plans like every time, and underlined that they cannot accept anything less than what is defined in the Serbian parliament's Resolution on Kosovo.

 "If we wanted to accept the Ahtisaari plan we would have done it by now," said Vulin. He added the Ahtisaari plan is not a good solution and its implementation has not ensured the return of exiled and displaced Serbs and other non-Albanians, economic development or the protection of their rights in the province. "Belgrade's proposal to form a community of Serb municipalities with executive powers is not a way to shut something down, but to make it different, better and acceptable to all," he said.

 Vulin said he discussed everyday problems and the dialogue with Pristina with representatives of Serbs from Kosovska Kamenica. He said he will urge the Ministry of Education not to reduce the number of classes in local schools during its rationalization process and to solve the problem of student transport in the area. He said that every Serb class which shuts down is not a matter of savings, but a political message telling people they should leave the province. "The state of Serbia does not want anyone to leave this area," said Vulin, adding he was happy to hear locals say they have no plans to leave their homes. Photo Tanjug/F. Kraincanic

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