Vucic: Compromise reached whereby Kosovo is not recognised

A letter of intent on introducing direct flights from Belgrade to Pristina is an important matter that was a topic of dialogue for a long time, and a compromise solution has been found where no one can say that we have recognised Kosovo, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Monday.

20 Jan 2020 18:55

DAVOS - A letter of intent on introducing direct flights from Belgrade to Pristina is an important matter that was a topic of dialogue for a long time, and a compromise solution has been found where no one can say that we have recognised Kosovo, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Monday.

In a statement from Davos, Vucic thanked US President Donald Trump's special Balkans envoy Richard Grenell and US national security adviser Robert O'Brien.

"I am thankful for the energy and effort invested by Grenell and O'Brien. It will not be easy for either us or the Americans to do all that. I am grateful to President Trump for his interest," he said, adding that he would meet with O'Brien in Davos.

"Any kind of agreement on that issue is very hard to reach. I want the citizens to know how hard and how important that is," he noted.

Serbia did the best it could to reaffirm that it is pushing for free movement of goods, capital, people and services as well as to protect the integrity of its territory at the same time, he said.

"We managed to find a compromise solution where no one can say 'You have recognised Kosovo,'" he said.

"We will do many more things as well to implement the principles of 'mini Schengen', which means a strengthening of the Serbian economy, better quality of life and higher wages and pensions," he said.

A delegation of the Serbian Ministry of Economy signed on Monday in Berlin with Lufthansa a letter of intent on reintroducing a Belgrade-Pristina flight route.

After two decades, this is the first symbolic step towards re-establishing air traffic between the Serbian capital and the largest city of Serbia's southern province of Kosovo-Metohija, the Ministry of Economy said in a statement.

Serbia will send official notification of the intent to reintroduce the route to UNMIK as well as to KFOR, which is, under UN SC Resolution 1244 and the Kumanovo Military Technical Agreement, in charge of control and coordination of the airspace over the Serbian province.

Implementation of the letter of intent will require reaching technical agreements with Kfor on standard air traffic procedures pursuant to applicable domestic regulations and the UN SC Resolution, the ministry said.

Photo: AP/Markus Schreibe

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