Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Talks with Kosovo Serbs to be held by week's end

5/28/2013 1:38:00 PM

BELGRADE - Serbia's Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic will hold talks with representatives of the Serbs from Kosovo-Metohija in Belgrade by the week's end. The new consultations will focus on the implementation of the Brussels deal and will be held in the government building on Thursday or Friday, Tanjug learns. 

 The engagement of Kosovo Serbs will be necessary in certain phases of the implementation of the agreement aimed at normalizing relations with Pristina, Dacic told reporters in the Serbian parliament. “I am confident that it is in the state and national interest to implement the agreement together and in a planned way to the benefit of the people residing in Kosovo,” the Serbian prime minister said.

 He stated Tuesday that he does not expect any major difficulties in the implementation of the Brussels agreement between Belgrade and Pristina by June 27, when several stages in defining the plans and legal solutions that should be changed in order for the deal to be implemented should be finished. After the opening of the 95th session of the Executive Council of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Dacic told journalists that he expects good news from Brussels, which should decide on June 27 or 28 whether Serbia will be given a date for the start of EU membership talks.

 As he put it, Serbia deserves the date after everything it has done, even without all the plans and agreements on implementation, adding that all members of the Serbian government believe that there is absolutely no reason for the country not to obtain the date, and that such a decision would be totally unfair. The prime minister announced that he is to depart for Brussels in the afternoon. On Wednesday, he will address the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament and have a meeting with the parliament's president, Martin Schulz. Photo Tanjug, Z. Zestic, archive

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