Vucic: We will live with the Kosovo Albanians for the next thousand years

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BRUSSELS – We will live with the Kosovo Albanians for the next thousand years and that is why we must cooperate to the benefit of both sides and find the best possible political framework, rather than harm our national interests, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said in Brussels Tuesday.

“We must find solutions to certain issues. As much as I am aware that this is unpopular in Serbia, we must understand that we live, if not with each other, then alongside each other, and that we will live that way for the next thousand years,” Vucic told reporters after a meeting with EU security and foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

“I do not believe that those who think we should wage wars and get into conflicts are very smart or that they wish well to our country,” he noted.

Forming the Community of Serb municipalities is the toughest issue and the substance of the Brussels Agreement, but its implementation is difficult for Kosovo’s Albanians at this time, Vucic said.

Despite the fact that the Community has still not been established due to obstacles in Pristina, the Brussels Agreement is not a dead letter, Vucic said in response to a reporter’s comment.

At annual level, we have had a significantly lower number of incidents between Serbs and ethnic Albanians than we have had between Serbs in Belgrade – this suggests that the discussions have produced results and that the people know that problems can only be resolved peacefully and through dialogue, Vucic explained.

Belgrade and Pristina teams will meet soon to solve certain technical issues, such as the number of mobile telephony base stations, Vucic said.

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