Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic says he had “a frank conversation” with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.
Vucic told a talk show on Happy TV late on Monday that he and Gabriel have different opinions – but that their recent conversation in Belgrade was frank, and that he at one point told the German official, “And what can I tell the Serbs now, Sigmar.”
“He says to me, ‘there is no more conversation and everything is over concerning the territory of Kosovo’ – that Kosovo is independent. I say, alright. But you could talk about Kosovo ten years ago, and now you can’t? ‘I understand what you are asking and how it is in Serbian shoes’, he tells me,” Vucic said.
He added that Gabriel is in favor an independent Kosovo, and did not hide it.
In addition, Vucic told how he in the past repeatedly tore papers coming from Western officials concerning “an independent Kosovo.”
“And whenever I got such a piece of paper, and usually it is with the text – ‘don’t be mad, but here’s what we suggest’ – I’ve torn every one of those papers… Do you know how many I’ve torn up,” Vucic asked, and then demonstrated how he does this – by tearing a paper in the studio.
The president then announced that he will speak about his proposal for “a Kosovo solution” at the end of March, or early April at the latest.
“I’ll come out with it because I am not a coward, I will have the courage to say what the proposal is, but it will not be, ‘dear Albanians, we’re handing everything over to you’ – it will be a compromise. If they don’t want to talk about it, we will have a frozen conflict,” said Vucic.
He added that the Albanians “reject any compromise solution and want Greater Albania.”