Talks in Brussels: Short, difficult, complex, light at the end of the tunnel, a common denominator of compromise…

Short, difficult, complex and very complicated – is how the two presidents, Aleksandar Vucic and Hashim Thaci, assessed today’s talks in Brussels. Although their impressions are pessimistic, they have high hopes. Thaci claimed to see „the light at the end of the tunnel,“ and Vucic pointed out that they are trying to look for „a common denominator of a compromise solution“. Apart from their impressions, there is no other concrete information except that a further meeting is expected in a few weeks, the EU confirmed.

„It seems to me that the talks can be described as very complex, very complicated, and certainly not easy. We agreed to continue the talks to find common ground for a compromise solution, and also how to preserve peace and stability in Belgrade – Pristina relations, “ said the Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic.

He underlined that the Albanians tried to gain everything for themselves, while Belgrade was looking for a compromise.

The EU also said in a statement:
“The High Representative and the two Presidents reviewed the progress made in the discussions within the framework of a legally binding agreement on the comprehensive normalisation of relations between the two sides. They agreed to reconvene in a few weeks’ time to continue their work.”

„The Albanians and Thaci would like to get everything and they try to ensure everything for the Albanians from Kosovo, while we are trying to find a compromise solution which wouldn’t humiliate either party. Of course, I am fighting for Serbia and the Serbian side, but I’m not neglecting the interests of the other party,“ said Vucic.

One of the journalists asked the Serbian president whether he will recognize the independence of Kosovo, Kosovo media reported.
„I always stand before this question – what is the compromise solution. Kosovo expects that we recognize its independence, and as a compromise, they offer nothing, only the recognition of Kosovo’s independence is expected. However, in the event of a compromise, both sides should lose something, one side should not be the only one gaining everything. If both sides are equally dissatisfied, we can say that we have reached a true compromise,“ Vucic said, stating that the solution is still not close, Koha daily reported.

Although the talks and the position for either of them was not easy, nevertheless, Vucic stated that “it is very important to talk and keep peace, and what is the most important, to solve future problems, for the future, and in the future, to prevent any future conflicts, like the ones we had before.

„The meeting was very short and very difficult. We still have the same difficulties from six years ago because, although Serbia considers Kosovo as part of Serbia, it is only their dream, because Kosovo is an independent state. We will work to find a solution –in the next days, weeks and months. I perceive more difficulties in this process, but I still see light at the end of the tunnel,“ said Kosovo President Hashim Thaci.

He did not answer the question of what exactly is this light at the end of the tunnel.

The latest high-level political meeting was held on June 24th.

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