EU official reveals “predatory policy” toward Serbia- While Serbian officials “playing dumb” !?
3/1/2015 12:49:00 PM Tanjug
Lunacek: Recognition of Kosovo condition for EU accession
BELGRADE – Vice President of the European Parliament Ulrike Lunacek stated on Sunday that her next report on Kosovo would state that certain progress has been achieved concerning the northern part of the province, but she also stated that normalisation of relations and recognition of Kosovo would be a condition for Serbia’s EU accession.
There is no document to support such a point but this is a political consensus – normalised relations with Kosovo and eventually the recognition of Kosovo would be the condition for Serbia’s EU accession, Lunacek said in an interview for the Belgrade-based daily Kurir.
She underscored that the EU will never accept a new member unless it has clearly defined and internationally recognised borders as was the case with Cyprus.
Speaking about the report, Lunacek said that it will note certain progress has been achieved concerning northern Kosovo, especially with regard to the elections for mayors and an increased number of projects funded by the EU in the north.
Lunacek underscored the need to continue forming the community of Serb municipalities which would render needless any further need for non-transparent parallel structures, Lunacek said.
3/1/2015 5:26:00 PM Tanjug
Djuric: Lunacek’s statements incorrect and detrimental
BELGRADE – Director of the Serbian government Office for Kosovo-Metohija (KiM) Marko Djuric qualified on Sunday as incorrect and detrimental the statement by European Parliament Vice President Ulrike Lunacek who said that recognition of Kosovo constitutes a condition for Serbia’s EU accession.
In a statement for Tanjug, Djuric said that such a claim is irresponsible and incorrect and explained this by the fact that the EU does not have a political consensus on the issue because five EU member countries do not recognise the so-called Republic of Kosovo and all relevant EU decisions are adopted and shall be adopted through consensus.
The EU stand is that of neutrality and such statements are detrimental to the normalisation of relations, Djuric said and added that Serbia is not conducting talks with Pristina in order to realise anyone’s geopolitical agenda but rather in view of strengthening and helping its people in KiM. Lunacek’s bias is not helping either her or Pristina as the side she wants to help so badly, Djuric said.
Instead of the call for the local population to declare their citizenship as that of the Republic of Kosovo, it would be far more useful for the normalisation of relations in KiM if Mrs. Lunacek showed interest in, for example, the position of Serbs in enclaves and the security and social economic conditions for sustainable stay, return and survival of the Serb community in KiM, Djuric noted.
In an interview for the Belgrade-based daily Kurir on Sunday, Lunacek said, among other things, that the EU will never accept a new member unless it has clearly defined and internationally recognised borders, and called on Serbs from Kosovo to state their citizenship as that of Kosovo, with equal rights and obligations.