Pristina conducts campaign of intimidation

Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic agreed with the assessment of the UN secretary-general that the room for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue may be "narrowed".

(KosovoCompromise Staff) Tuesday, May 15, 2012

But he underlined that the reason for this is that ethnic Albanian public opinion is turning increasingly hostile to the continuation of any sort of negotiations.

According to Jeremic, Serbia remains "fully committed to the process":

"Disagreements on status must not impede our ability to act in concert on resolving practical issues. Much work remains to be done in improving the lives of the people through talks conducted in good faith," Jeremić underlined in his address to the United Nations Security Council in New York on Monday, which met for a regular session to discuss the lates report on Kosovo submitted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The foreign minister pointed to the need of a realistic solution for northern Kosovo, protection of Serb enclaves in southern Kosovo, and preservation of Serbian identity and religious heritage, as well as property.

Underlining that Serbia seeks "a just conclusion to the Kosovo conflict," Jeremic recalled that one story kept repeating itself in the several-century-long history of the Balkans - whenever one side got everything, the other just "bade its time" in anticipation of more favorable circumstances that would allow for the return of what was thought to have been wrongly taken away.

Serbia is determined to bring to an end, with a true consent of all parties, the bane in which "today's victor becomes tomorrow's vanquished."