Serbia has received an ultimatum – “to recognize Kosovo in exchange for the Community of Serb Municipalities (ZSO).”
According to the media, the Serbian president “received such an offer” from diplomats in Berlin, Paris, London, and Washington – while this has been “confirmed to him” these last days during the meetings in New York City.
Serbia’s Minister for EU Integrations Jadranka Joksimovic spoke about this for the broadcaster:
“What’s more important is that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has demonstrated a responsible policy, statehood and resolve in all relevant places and forums, with everyone involved in the process. He presented the position of Serbia, which is important, and although he has not been met with understanding and flexibility, that does not mean that Serbia has no valid arguments and that the voice of Serbia is not being heard.”
After a repeated question about media speculation, the minister said that her thinking was “not at all based on headlines in the newspapers, but on the facts.”
“Those who have recognized the independence of Kosovo are pushing their agenda, for that project not to collapse, and that is realpolitik. But five (EU-member) states have not recognized it, and a part of the world. We are promoting our agenda of interest, and the Brussels agreement (reached in the Belgrade-Pristina talks) is legally binding, one party has not fulfilled any of the obligations, and the guarantor of that agreement is the European Union. In Brussels, there must be a topic of whether there is political will in Pristina to implement it,” said Joksimovic.
Milovan Drecun, who serves as chairman of the Serbian National Assembly’s Committee on Kosovo and Metohija, also spoke for the media, to say that the West “does not want to open the issue of solving Kosovo’s final status, because for them that process is finished.”
“It seems that Pristina is doing everything in agreement with the West. Pressure on Serbia is intensifying, and in the geopolitical confrontation between the US and Russia, the Kosovo problem is being used,” Drecun said.
Asked “what could happen if Serbia did not accept the ultimatum of the West,” Drecun did not rule out the possibility of “isolation.”
“Serbia continues with the policy of not recognizing Kosovo’s independence declared in this way, of not opening the door of the UN to it. Vucic is seeking support for such a policy and firmly insists that our path cannot be obstructed by Pristina’s unilateral behavior,” Drecun concluded.