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Jeremic: Serbia does not have to choose between Kosovo and EU (Serbian media)

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Leader of People’s Party Vuk Jeremic said Serbia does not have to choose between Kosovo and EU, as Serbia’s membership to the EU is not feasible in near future, Serbian media reported

Jeremic made these remarks for the Chinese state TV CGTN adding “it is difficult to imagine that Serbia would be admitted to the EU with unresolved Kosovo issue, as it is also difficult to imagine Serbia would enter the EU at all, even if it resolves the Kosovo issue.”

Jeremic also said “it is clear there is no political will in the EU, necessary for accession of new members, regardless if they have open territorial issues or not.”

According to Jeremic it is important to first create normal conditions and resolve crucially important matters such as rights and properties of Serbs, Serbia’s state property and that of the Serbian Orthodox Church and then to resolve the status issue.

“The most important is that Belgrade negotiation position is clear and fully in line with the Constitution of Serbia. According to the Constitution, Kosovo is part of Serbia and this has been confirmed with UN SC Resolution 1244. According to the international law as long as there is no new resolution made by the Security Council, the previous one remains in force, which means that Resolution 1244 is valid.”

He disagreed with the interpretation that Serbia renounced its sovereignty over Kosovo by signing the Brussels agreement, adding, however Serbia has unnecessarily jeopardized it, and that talks in Brussels should be held more carefully and with a stronger diplomatic skilfulness.

Jeremic said there is “a mood for division” existing in some cycles in Belgrade and Pristina, but “such solution is not possible unless there is a consensus over it at the Security Council.”

He also underlined that consensus “must not open the way to Pristina’s membership to the UN,” Serbian media reported.

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