Serbia's new president Vučić wants to open dialogue over Kosovo

  • Tomáš Krajňák
  • 6.6.2017 13:55

On 31 May, Serbia's President Aleksandar Vučić said during his inauguration ceremony that he wants to open an internal dialogue over Kosovo. He pledged to preserve Serbia’s integrity but also added that he will always be open to talks with Kosovar Albanians.

Vučić also stated that he respects the Constitution, which says Kosovo is part of Serbia. According to the President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, this statement is only intended for internal consumption, as Vučić is well aware of Kosovo's independence. However, according to the latest news from the summit of South East European (SEE) leaders, which was held in Slovenia on Saturday 3 June, a strongly-worded discussion occurred between the two presidents. As a reaction to Thaçi's previous statement, that he cannot imagine the EU accepting Serbia before Kosovo because it is not recognising the sovereignty of Kosovo, Vučić allegedly accused Kosovo from bringing obstacles to the negotiation process. Vučić also previously raised concerns over the possible new prime minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, who faces war crime charges in Serbia, yet could be elected in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Vučić has been elected to the presidential office at the beginning of April in the first round of elections, but still faces criticism from the opposition, and built his presidential campaign on a pledge to pursue Serbia’s bid for EU membership while maintaining ties with Russia.

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