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Serbian PM: Kosovo agreement can be found

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The status of Kosovo continues to overshadow Brussels’ efforts to speed up the EU integration of all the Balkan states. Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in February 2008, but Belgrade still considers it a breakaway province. Serbia’s Prime Minister, Mirko Cvetkovic, is the man who has to try to resolve that problem. euronews spoke to him.

euronews:
“Mirko Cvetkovic, Prime Minister of Serbia, welcome to euronews. If Serbia had to decide between becoming a member of the EU or the sovereignty over Kosovo, what would Serbia decide?”

Mirko Cvetkovic:
“So far those were two parallel processes and no one has asked us to decide one or two.”

euronews:
“Yes, but one of the criteria for joining the EU is to have good relations with all the neighbours, this is not the case and it could be a major obstacle for Serbia joining the EU…”

Mirko Cvetkovic:
“I don’t think that the recognition of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence by Serbia will ever be required, because if that is the case then you know that even the EU has members who are having different approaches to that, so we are looking at the two parallel processes…”

euronews:
“Yes it’s true, but it’s also true that neither Spain nor Romania for instance are neighbours of Kosovo, while the case of Serbia is different. Isn’t it?”

Mirko Cvetkovic:
“We do have an idea and willingness to open a discussion about this issue and to find a solution that will be acceptable for all parties and I truly believe that there is a possibility to find a solution. We are basically waiting for the International Court of Justice in the Hague to issue an opinion and after that we are willing to open a discussion and we believe that there is a possibility to find a solution.”

euronews:
“Are you imagining some new structure in the region in that specific area, which is the northern part of Kosovo? Because anyway this one of the most important problems…”

Mirko Cvetkovic:
“I will (have to) disappoint you. When you enter into discussions with another party you do not reveal your position (beforehand).”

euronews:
“OK let’s put it this way: the Serbian Foreign Minister Mr Vuk Jeremić said if Serbia had to decide between accession to the EU and Kosovo’s sovereignty, they would go for sovereignty on Kosovo and not the EU, do you share that opinion?”

Mirko Cvetkovic:
“The territorial integrity is a common value of the international community, of the EU, so we share these common values.”

euronews:
“So Kosovo is part of the territorial integrity of Serbia?”

Mirko Cvetkovic:
“Exactly.”

euronews:
“According to the preamble of the Serbian constitution also?”

Mirko Cvetkovic:
“Exactly.”

euronews:
“So it’s impossible that one day Serbia would recognise Kosovo’s independence?”

Mirko Cvetkovic:
“Is that a question or a statement?”

euronews:
“It’s a question.”

Mirko Cvetkovic:
“Whether we will recognise Kosovo – our position is that we will not recognise it, but there will be a solution that will be acceptable for all parties.”

euronews:
“How do you assess the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina?”

Mirko Cvetkovic:
“We recognise territorial integrity of the country, so we are not supporting the dissolution of the country.”

euronews:
“But do you think that the Dayton based structure of the country of Bosnia Herzegovina is working, or do you think that Dayton eventually is a failure?”

Mirko Cvetkovic:
“Well I’m not thinking that Dayton is a failure, but whether this is good and operational, at this very moment, should be amended. What the amendments should be I would leave that to the people which are living under this umbrella, so…”

euronews:
“But give me one reason for saying that Dayton is viable.”

Mirko Cvetkovic:
“Dayton is viable because it stopped the war.”

euronews:
“Is this enough to create a country?”

Mirko Cvetkovic:
“We will see, they will have to decide. If they cannot live together it will be up to them, but we wouldn’t like to interfere from the outside.”

euronews:
“Who do you think now holds the key to stability in Bosnia?”

Mirko Cvetkovic:
“Look what was the Serbian position. I’ve told you those two basic elements and thirdly we are willing also to help, if there are some possibilities, that they cannot negotiate, they need some mediator or if the European Union and the Americans are leaving us a certain role in that respect, we are willing to take it and to look constructively at the process.”