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“Serbia unlikely to get EU negotiations date”


Thursday 18.08.2011.

BELGRADE — It does not seem realistic that Serbia will get a date for the beginning of the EU accession negotiations, says Serbian Ambassador to Germany Ognjen Pribićević.

 He has assessed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will visit Belgrade on August 23, will not bring an ultimatum to Serbia.

The Serbian ambassador believes that Merkel will repeat that Germany expects Serbia to normalize its relations with Priština, meaning to continue negotiations on the administrative crossings, customs stamp and other issues that affect lives of the people in Kosovo.

“We expect from Angela Merkel, as a chancellor of an economically and politically most powerful EU member state, to once again strongly underline her support to Serbia on its path toward the EU membership, meaning toward getting the candidate status. That’s what we can expect until the end of the year. It does not seem realistic that we will get a date for the beginning of the negotiations at the moment,” Pribićević told daily Politika.

“This, however, does not mean that she will bring some ultimatums to Serbia, as it is interpreted here, meaning that Kosovo is being connected to the EU because it’s not the way things are done in world policy and diplomacy,” the ambassador was quoted as saying. He added that Merkel’s visit and attitude toward Serbia would be in accordance with the West’s determined policy toward Belgrade.

“That means meeting some civilized norms of behavior, that relations between Belgrade and Priština are regulated in a normal and European way in order to avoid what (Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim) Thaci did with a very uncivilized act,” he pointed out.

Pribićević believes that Serbia did not manage to get the status that Priština has in the three most powerful European countries.

He does not agree that Serbia has been focusing on cooperation with France, Great Britain and Italy while cooperation with Germany has been pushed aside.

“Thanks to Zoran Đinđić, Germany has been a true friend to us since 2000. Relations at a very high level have been established thanks to (Boris) Tadić’s victory,“ the Serbian ambassador stressed.

He believes that it is important for Serbia to continue to have good relations with Germany and more importantly to give more attention to geographically, demographically, culturally and historically close countries.

Source: Politika

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