Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovi underlined that the dialogue between Belgrade and Pritina is the most important topic on Serbia’s path to the EU.
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He said he was convinced that Belgrade would not have to give up Kosovo to become a member of the Union and that no candidate country was invited to do anything similar.
âDo you know of the case of a candidate country which had to do something similar to become a member of the EU? Selakovic asked.
The minister also asked how this could be a precondition for EU membership, in a situation where not all members have the same position on Kosovo.
âKosovo is not only a southern province according to the Constitution of Serbia, but also on the basis of UN Resolution 1244. Serbia joined the UN with its borders, which include Kosovo and Metohija, and we are a member of the UN, âhe said. highlighted.
At the same time, he underlines that Belgrade is always ready for a compromise solution with Pristina, which must be lasting, applicable and acceptable to both parties.
“It does not mean that one side gets everything and the other nothing,” he stressed. According to the APA, Selakovi didn’t want to talk about what a compromise might look like, and when it came to changing borders, he said no one was talking about it.
“There is no such solution on the table,” he said. When asked if Belgrade could accept the fact that the Kosovar Albanians do not want to live in Serbia, he answered with the question: “Is it reasonable to force a million Serbs from Bosnia and Herzegovina to live in Bosnia?” -Herzegovina?
Precisely because these are principles, according to him, Serbia fully supports the territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“We know that our attitude towards Bosnia and Herzegovina preserves our position towards Kosovo. I have not met anyone who can explain to me why the principle of self-determination should only apply to the Kosovar Albanians. , but not to the Serbs of Republika Srpska, “he added. he stressed.
Selakovic added that on the issue of Kosovo, the international community believed that changing the border was a good solution.
“I think this is not a good solution. If the border changes once, it will always happen. It is not good for the region, nor for us,” said the Serbian foreign minister.
Selakovic criticized Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti, stressing that Pristina does not want to implement the Brussels Accord, ie the obligation to train CSMs.
“If there is an agreement, then it has to be honored whether someone likes it or not,” he said. Belgrade, he says, has fulfilled all of its obligations and is now waiting for the EU and the Kosovar Albanians to do so.
Selakovic expressed concern over Kurti’s sympathies over the unification of Kosovo and Albania, adding that he was not concerned about his statements but about the “silence in European capitals”. He advises the future high representative of the international community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Christian Schmidt, to be impartial.
“If a solution is desired for Bosnia and Herzegovina, we must not interfere and stay on one side,” he said.
The Bosnian Serbs, he said, have good reason to be skeptical of the high representative of the international community.
He said the former High Representative used his powers to limit the powers of the RS.
“The Dayton Peace Agreement is one of the most successful peace projects not only in Europe, but in the world, and it must be preserved,” Selakovic stressed, adding that changes to the agreement are not forthcoming. possible only with the consent of the three peoples and two entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
On the issue of Serbia’s European path to the EU, he criticized the process of joining the Union and the hypocrisy of some countries in their treatment of Serbia.
âHow come the EU member states are ready to accept EU citizens, but not Serbia as a member? He asked.
Selakovi underlined that the objectives of the EU accession process are constantly evolving.
Although Serbia, as the region’s first candidate, has accepted the new methodology, it has not been given an accession date, which he says is a huge difference from the previous round of enlargement of the EU, in which the conditions and dates were clear. From the beginning.
He stressed that referring to the economic data, Serbia is well prepared for EU membership.
Selakovic pointed out that this year, Serbia’s economic growth will be above 6%, that the country meets the Maastricht criteria for public debt, and that the unemployment rate has fallen from 26.9% to 9% over the years. last years.
According to him, many young Serbs are now returning to their native countries to work in international companies.
He also pointed out that Serbia attracts most of the foreign direct investment from the region.
Selakovi stresses that Serbia’s accession to the EU should not be important only for our country.
“We see that the EU might regret that Serbia does not become a member of the EU,” he stressed, adding that after all, the EU does not want a “vacuum” in the region.
Selakovic also believes that it is important for the EU to obtain “fresh blood”. Regarding the issue of combating illegal migration, he said that it was paradoxical that Serbia was facing waves of migrants from EU territory.
He stressed that many countries are interested in a partnership with Serbia on migration.
“Somehow it has become normal to want Serbia as a partner when it comes to problematic issues, but we don’t want Serbia as a partner or a member for the good ones. questions, âhe said.
Speaking about Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Selakovic thanked for his support. âIt doesn’t matter if we all share his position, he’s a great leader and a brave man, and the only problem I see with him is that he’s someone who always says what he thinks. Unfortunately, this is no longer common in today’s world, âsaid Selakovic.
He recalled that Europe is founded on freedom of expression and that it will survive as long as it accepts differences on the issue of different attitudes.
He says he would personally prefer Europe to support its identity and culture more strongly, rather than constantly talking only about market, trade and money.