Wednesday, May 29, 2013

German Ambassador: No new conditions for Serbia

5/28/2013 12:36:00 PM

BELGRADE - German Ambassador to Serbia Heinz Wilhelm has stated that Serbia is certainly closer to the starting date for the EU membership talks after the agreement on the implementation plan for the Brussels agreement, and added that there will be no new conditions, stressing that Serbia's recognition of Kosovo's independence is surely not among them.

The agreement on the implantation of the Brussels deal is crucial for Germany and other EU member states. However, that is not all. Belgrade has to make first concrete steps in the implementation in order for the German government and parliament to agree on giving the date to Serbia, Wilhelm said in an interview for the Belgrade-based daily Vecernje Novosti. He pointed to the statement by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, who paid a visit to Belgrade a few days ago, clearly saying what Berlin finds crucial - the agreement on the implementation of the Brussels deal and the first concrete steps in the implementation. The things are moving in the right direction,

 I hope that this trend will continue in the coming weeks. There is enough time. The Bundestag will discuss this issue ahead of the meeting of the European leaders late in June, and if everything goes well, as it does right now, my prognoses are optimistic, the German ambassador said. As for the Kosovo chair in the UN, Wilhelm said that this issue is not yet on the agenda. This issue was mentioned in the context of normalization of the Belgrade-Pristina relations i.e. expectations from Serbia not to block Kosovo's membership in the international organizations, he said. Photo Tanjug/N. Jovanovic

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