Dramatic situation in Kosovo, Nikolic holds urgent meeting with ambassadors

BELGRADE – During the afternoon in the Presidency of Serbia an urgent meeting was held of the President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic with the ambassadors of Russia, China and the United States, writes Serbian daily “Blic”.

The reason for the meeting, which was attended also by the Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric, is the situation in Kosovo after last night’s round of negotiations in Brussels, writes “Blic”.

At the same time, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has called for an urgent meeting with the Minister of Defense Zoran Djordjevic, it was confirmed for Serbian daily “Vecernje Novosti” in the Cabinet of the Government of Serbia.

As the daily writes, after the meeting with Djordjevic, Vucic will meet in Raska at 5 p.m. with political representatives of the Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija.

Prime Minister Vucic confirmed that he will meet today in Raska with political representatives of the Serbs from the north of Kosovo and Metohija, but he did not want to comment on media reports that there is a danger of attacks by armed Albanians in municipalities with Serbian majority.

Vucic said that he will notify the representatives of the Serbs about what was discussed at the meeting in Brussels and how Belgrade looks upon the outcome of the continuation of the Brussels dialogue.

“We will give our best to lower tensions and keep peace. And that is the reason why I am going to Raska, where I will meet with mayors who are worried”, said Vucic.

When asked to comment on certain media reports that there is danger of armed Albanians storming the north of Kosovo, Vucic said that he does not want to comment on media reports.

“Am I worried? Of course I am! Is the situation tense? Yes, but not everything depends on us”, said Vucic and added that Serbia will do everything to preserve peace.

Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama arrived in unannounced visit to Pristina, which, according to analysts, could complicate the situation the day after the negotiations in Brussels.

According to Kosovo media, Prime Minister Edi Rama will visit the headquarters of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, and will also meet with the mayor of Pristina Ahmeti Sendo.

Asked about today’s visit of the Albanian Prime Minister to Pristina, where he talked with members of the party of Ramus Haradinaj, Vucic said that he does not want to comment on it, but that he can imagine what the reaction would be if he went to visit some extreme Serbian parties in the region.

A Brussels meeting of the Belgrade and the Pristina delegations as part of the top-level dialogue between the two sides ended shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday.

The delegations left the EEAS building without making any statements, Tanjug’s correspondent reported.

After the talks, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said she was “encouraged by the constructive engagement shown by both sides.”

The participants “reconfirmed their full commitment” to continue dialogue, a statement said.

There were no comments from the leaders of Kosovo and Serbia.

German radio Deutsche Welle in a show in Albanian language reported this morning, citing unnamed sources, that the meeting of the delegations of Belgrade and Pristina last night in Brussels, “completely failed”.

On the Serbian side, according to Tanjug, fears are growing that Pristina is not giving up on the idea to attack Serbs in northern Kosovo.

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