Belgrade-Pristina, Neither Close Nor Far From Agreement

Agreement between Belgrade and Pristina is neither close nor far from being made, because the point of view can change at any time, said the Prime Minister of Serbia Ivica Dacic, after 12-hour talks with Kosovo Prime Minister Hasim TAci.

“There are still some differences, first of all when it comes to the community for the Serbian municipalities in KOsovo, but I can say that we’ve built a relationship in which we respect the arrangements and deal with serious issues in the past seven meetings. As the time goes by, the optimism for finding a solution could grow bigger”, said Dacic.

Kosovo Prime Minister agreed with Dacic.

“We had constructive talks. I also cannot confirm whether we are close or far from an agreement, but we are heading in the right direction. Our peoples have lost a lot of time. During the past six months we’ve achieved a significant success, which only a year ago was unimaginable”, said Taci, pointing out that he expects a solution to be found in the next several days.

The next round of negotiations is scheduled for 2nd of April.

Deal With Pristina Never Closer?

President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic said after meeting with High Representative of the EU Catherine Ashton that he is an optimist and that the deal with Pristina has never been closer. The President said that Ashton gave her impressions from Pristina and estimated that she is “moderately optimistic”. The media speculates that the one point Belgrade and Pristina must agree upon is authority of Serbian community in Kosovo.

“Serbs will live in a community which will be able to determine its own rules and will keep its connection with Serbia, that will continue helping them”, said Nikolic and added that the talks will continue on 20th of March in Brussels, and that there is a possibility for creating a “non paper” agreement which would contain both Serbian and Albanian side positions.

Prime Minister Dacic, who also met with Catherine Ashton said that the talks “went one step further”, but that the deal has not yet been made, and that it will not be made until both sides reach an agreement.

“We want a compromise, but we will not accept humilitaion”, said Dacic.