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Serbia rejects U.S. proposal on recognizing Kosovo

Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 4, 2020
Serbia's President on Thursday rejected a U.S. proposal of mutual recognition with Kosovo, according to Belgrade's top diplomat.
Aleksandar Vucic
President   Aleksandar Vucic
With a Serbian delegation in Washington for two days of talks sponsored by the U.S. aimed at improving relations between the two Balkan war foes, Aleksandar Vucic firmly turned down the proposal, which was reportedly among other points in the talks on economic cooperation.

Topics: Serbia U.S. Kosovo

"Vucic made it clear to his interlocutors that the so-called mutual recognition is absolutely unacceptable. The paper with this point was never presented to us, but only the one on economic topics. Vucic has said several times that we want a compromise, but they obviously think that we should recognize Kosovo," said Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic.

"We said that this is unacceptable for us and that if there is no agreement, then there is no agreement," Dacic added, noting that the US proposal came while Brussels refused to consider a compromise on the issue.

Meanwhile, Vucic told reporters after the negotiations that he hoped to reach an agreement without the recognition of Kosovo's independence.

"People from [US President Donald] Trump's cabinet were fair. They listened to what we had to say. There is no such provision in the new documents. We hope it is possible to reach an agreement. There are very good things about our economy," said Vucic.

"Tomorrow we'll be able to show you the final document if there is one. There is no possibility for me to sign any document that implies the recognition of Kosovo, and I have clearly said that to both the Albanians and Americans.

"We're still fighting. I'm not sure that we'll be able to put in the agreement that the American Development Fund will open an office in Belgrade and that Pristina will accept Little Schengen, with American guarantees. There are some more political aspects," he added.