Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that his country is striving for peace and stability in the region and wants the United States to recognize this effort.
Vucic received US Under Secretary of State Derek Chollet in Belgrade. During the meeting, the parties discussed the process of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, economic cooperation in the region, and the process of Serbia’s membership in the European Union.
In his statement after the meeting, Vucic noted that it was a sincere meeting and said, “I would like the United States to commend the efforts made by our country to maintain peace and stability in the region. In this context, I hope that Pristina will use its influence to comply with the agreements signed so far. At the same time, I wish That Pristina continue dialogue in an open and honest spirit in resolving problems.
Defending that Serbia acts with great responsibility in every new tension coming from Pristina, Vucic reiterated that his country has always been on the side of peace and stability.
Chollet also stated that the United States is aware of all efforts to achieve peace and stability in the region, and said, “We believe that the Franco-German plan should be discussed in resolving the issue of Kosovo and Serbia. The Federation of Serbian Municipalities should also be established quickly.”
The European Union calls on Kosovo and Serbia to reach a final agreement that can solve the issues between the two countries to make progress in the integration process.
Finally, the two sides negotiate what is commonly known as the Franco-German Plan, with the support of the United States and all members of the European Union.
According to the plan, which was leaked to the media, Kosovo should allow the creation of a Federation of Serb Municipalities in municipalities in the country where most Serbs live.
Serbia is required to respect Kosovo’s territorial integrity and allow it to join international organizations.
EU officials hope negotiations on the Franco-German plan will be completed in the spring.
Serbia considers Kosovo, which unilaterally declared its independence in 2008, to be its territory.
Serbia and Kosovo, which clash periodically, are trying to find a common way to normalize relations, and eventually the two countries get to know each other, within the scope of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue process initiated in 2011 with the mediation of the European Union.
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