In a significant breakthrough, Serbia’s President Vucic and Kosovo’s Prime Minister Kurti reached an agreement on the implementation annex aimed at Serbia-Kosovo normalization of relations during talks in Ohrid, North Macedonia on Saturday.
“Today was the day when we were supposed to agree on the implementation annex. We achieved an agreement, a few articles we agreed on will become the negotiation framework,” said President Vucic.
“We’ll definitely need to upgrade the plan,” noted Vucic. “It wasn’t D-Day, but I’d say it was an okay day,” he said.
The top priority of the implementation plan, according to President Vucic, is the formation of the Association of Serb majority municipalities, which was an unfulfilled provision of the 2013 Brussels Agreement.
“I am satisfied with the fact that the formation of Serb majority municipalities will be a priority in the implementation plan,” he said.
However, Vucic made it clear that he “did not sign anything” and that the agreement between him and Kosovo’s PM Albin Kurti was reached through “constructive” dialogue. “Me and PM Kurti made it clear what our red lines are, and the agreement was constructive,” he said.
President Vucic stressed that Serbia’s progress toward EU membership hinges on the success of the implementation of the European proposal.
“The European Council is aware that a long process is ahead of us, and the EU will oversee the implementation of the annex,” he said. “In the months ahead, serious work awaits us.”
Vucic: In the months ahead, serious work awaits us
President Vucic described the conversation he had with PM Kurti as “civilized and constructive.” He stated that he would address the nation and provide a more detailed account of every segment of the implementation annex on Sunday.
“Tomorrow, I will present each point, and starting from Monday, I’ll be available to consult with representatives of the [Serbian] parliament. The months ahead won’t be easy, but I believe that our progress towards the EU will be judged by our willingness to implement what we’ve agreed upon. I think it’s fair to say that I have a hint of satisfaction. Despite our disagreements, we had a productive and constructive conversation,” said the Serbian President.
Vucic said that the job Albin Kurti and he had was to “find common ground and the path for the future for Serbian and Albanian people.”
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