BELGRADE – European Parliament (EP) Vice-President and rapporteur for Kosovo Ulrike Lunaccek told Tanjug late on Thursday that she was not an enemy of Serbia’s, but it was certain that Serbia would not join the EU without recognizing Kosovo, not because she said so, but rather because of the experience that the EU had with Cyprus.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Civil Society Forum Belgrade, organized by the European Fund for the Balkans and Erste Foundation, Lunacek said she was not, as some saw it, an enemy of Serbia’s just because she was rapporteur for Kosovo at the EP.

She said she was very fond of Serbia and its people and that she actually thought the country had made a lot of progress in EU accession.

Lunacek pointed out that in its recent history, the EU had approved the accession of Cyprus, a country that had no clearly defined boundaries because of the Turkish occupation.

That is why I am certain that there would be no Serbia’s accession to the EU without recognizing Kosovo, Lunacek said.

And it will be so not because of me, but rather because of the fact the EU only accepts countries that have clearly defined boundaries, said Lunacek.