Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met today with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and on this occasion stressed that Serbia is ready to continue the dialogue with Pristina and seeks a compromise solution.
He stated that Serbia wants to build peace with the Albanians.
“Germany recognized the independence of Kosovo, Serbia did not. Germany strongly supports the EU-sponsored dialogue and the role of Miroslav Lajcak throughout the process. “Serbia is ready to continue the dialogue and wants to reach a compromise,” Vucic said, adding that “we believe that the frozen conflict is not a solution, because it can always be thawed. We want to make peace with the Albanians, this is the essence of progress. “Certainly, it is important for us that all the signed agreements are fulfilled, mainly the Brussels Agreement for the establishment of the Community of Serbian Municipalities,” he said.
Vucic said Serbia would insist that Pristina do what it promised.
“The Brussels agreement must be respected and we will insist on it. Since we have fulfilled all our obligations, Prishtina must follow that example. “We are ready to speak in a serious and responsible way,” he stressed.
Vucic underlined that the visit of the German Foreign Minister is another confirmation of the importance of political dialogue and the improvement of relations between Serbia and Germany.
“Serbia has the closest economic relations with Germany, convincingly the largest trade. I want to emphasize that people in Serbia understand that there is no more important economic partner for us. I would also like to thank Angela Merkel for her support in all areas. “We will not forget all that she has done for our country,” Vucic said.
“For us, co-operation with Germany is vital, I believe it could be even bigger and more important,” he said.
For his part, Heiko Maas said he was aware that the normalization process with Kosovo was not easy, but believed it was contributing to economic development, noting that Germany supported the dialogue process and envoy Lajcak mediated in the process. .
Maas, who also visited Kosovo and stayed in Pristina yesterday, told a news conference after meeting with President Vjosa Osmani that it was clear that Serbia’s recognition of Kosovo was one of the elements of the final agreement with Serbia.
“As for the dialogue process, of course the recognition of Kosovo will be one of the elements of the solution, otherwise it will not happen and in addition, it is normal to have compromises from both sides in cases of normalization dialogues, and I I do not want to draw red lines. “I understand, however, that due to historical circumstances this will be difficult, I want a solution to be found at the end of the process and both sides must be willing to compromise,” Maas said yesterday.