BELGRADE – Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic spoke at a debate in Belgrade with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, who urged Serbia to recognize the independence of Kosovo, saying it would benefit regional stability.

“The sooner Serbia recognizes Kosovo the better it will be for everyone,” Rama said. “It is over, Kosovo is a state, it is a state recognized by major world powers…. People made their choice,” RFE/RL reports.

Rama conceded, however, that for Vucic and Serbia, “this remains taboo.”

Rama’s statement on Kosovo provoked complaints from Vucic that the EU had put more pressure on Serbia to make concessions than the Kosovo government, provoking resentment in Serbia.

“That is what people see and that is what people feel,” Vucic said.

Serbia has agreed in negotiations with the EU to normalize ties with Pristina to advance in its membership bid, though it has repeatedly said it will never recognize the ex-province’s statehood.