Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said that Serbia will never stop the dialogue with Pristina – but takes a stance against unilateral actions.

“Serbia has always been for dialogue. We will never interrupt the dialogue even when we we unhappy. We will not blackmail with our participation in the dialogue as Pristina is now doing, and will not provoke,” Dacic said at a press conference after his meeting in Belgrade with Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano.

Dacic said that Belgrade wants agreement and a lasting solution to the question of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, but opposes unilateral actions and cannot allow such actions to guide Serbia’s positions.

Commenting on Pristina’s efforts to become a member of UNESCO and other international organizations, Dacic said that “with time the conditions from an agreement on Kosovo’s regional representation, including using a footnote referring to UN Security Council Resolution 1244, are being forgotten.”

“We are not against Kosovo’s participation in international organizations, but only if it is clearly defined that it can only be asymmetric, because for us the question of Kosovo’s status is not resolved,” said Dacic.

“In line with that, we are opposed to Kosovo joining various specialized UN agencies, we are opposed to Kosovo being where states should be, or if it is there, it must be marked in a special way, (indicating) it is something that is still being disputed,” Dacic said.

Serbia’s relations with Italy are on the level of a strategic partnership that is on a constant upward trajectory, as is economic cooperation, Dacic also said during the news conference.
He announced the two countries’ governments would hold a joint session in Serbia in September.

Alfano “underlined that Italy will continue to continue to support Serbia on its European path, because it is a place that naturally belongs to Serbia” and “praised the reforms and results achieved by Serbia in the European integration process.”

Alfano invited Dacic to make a return visit to Italy.

The two officials today signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy concerning the work of bilingual Serbian-Italian classes in Serbia.

Both sides agreed that the signing of this bilateral document “marked another important step forward in the field of cultural and educational cooperation between Italy and Serbia,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.