Thursday, May 23, 2013

Analysts expect Dacic-Taci meeting to show results

5/22/2013 2:16:00 PM

BELGRADE - The participants of Tanjug's roundtable dubbed “Brussels Agreement - Problems, Pitfalls and Effects,” held on Wednesday, expect today's meeting between Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and Kosovo Prime Minister Hasim Taci in Brussels to yield at least “some kind of a deal” on the implementation of the April 19 agreement between Belgrade and Pristina. Political analysts from Belgrade and Pristina, Dusan Janjic, and Fatmir Seholi, respectively, and President of the Civic Initiative “Serbia, Democracy, Justice” Oliver Ivanovic, noted that there are hints of a deal, but they do not expect anything spectacular taking place. 

 Dusan Janjic said that we are here dealing with initialed agreements, or principles, and expects that a final agreement on the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina will not be signed before November, as the two sides have still a lot of issues to resolve, such as the telecommunications and energy issues. He added that everyone expected the facilitating role of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton to end in April, “but it looks like Dacic and Taci she will be meeting at least until November.” 

 Oliver Ivanovic noted that “Brussels politicians believed that the implementation would be easy,” but stressed that, given all the problems that have surfaced, “quick and easy solutions would only prove destructive.” He observed that “the Serbs in the north (of Kosovo) are finally becoming a (real) topic.” As for whether there any agreement will be reached today, I believe that we will probably see one or two technical issues resolved, he said. In light of this,

 I think the meeting will be a success, and I think Ashton said the same last night, Ivanovic said. Fatmir Seholi said that he has talked to a senior official from the Pristina delegation who told him that “there are some problems, but also indications that some kind of a deal on the implementation of the agreement will be reached. According to Seholi, the agreement and its implementation are meant for “all (Kosovo) Serbs, not for only those south of or only those north of the Ibar River.” As he stresses, the northern Kosovo Serbs should realize that no progress can be made by “spinning one's wheels." Photo Tanjug, S. Radovanovic

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