Daily Survey

Belgrade, January 06, 2012

SERBIA - K&M

TADIC: SERBIA TO STICK TO UNSCR 1244

BELGRADE, Jan 06 (Tanjug, B92) - Boris Tadic says he is certain that the pressures on Belgrade to give up the UNSC Resolution 1244 in the process of solving the Kosovo problem will continue.
The goal of the pressures is to pull the issue of Kosovo out of the jurisdiction of the UN and to impose a policy of fait accompli, the Serbian president said in an interview for the Friday issue of Belgrade daily Vecernje Novosti.
By renouncing to the UN document, Serbia would lose the possibility of searching for a compromise solution to the Kosovo problem, Tadic said.
Our response to pressures should not be to impose an obstinate patriotic sense, but to cleverly get allies, highlight the depth of the problems and propose solutions that can be effective in practice, Tadic said.
However, new international talks on Kosovo are not certain, given the overall political atmosphere, Tadic noted. Therefore, Serbia has to continue finding new ways for resolving problems, without giving up on its national interests, so as to accustom itself to the new reality of international relations, he said.
Tadic said that the plan aimed at resolving the Kosovo issue must be based on four points: solution for northern Kosovo, preservation of Serbian monuments and assets, and security guarantees for the Serbs residing south of the Ibar River.
The main framework of this plan is outlined by the Constitution, which clearly states that Serbia will not recognize Kosovo's independence, and by the firm stand of the most influential countries in the international community which do not want partition of Kosovo Metohija, Tadic said.
There are numerous models throughout the world which offer solutions which could be applied in Kosovo Metohija, he recalled.
"I cannot make a pledge as to when a solution will be found, but I can promise that we will spare no effort to arrive at a solution as soon as possible," Tadic said.
Reflecting on proposals put forth by some political parties in Serbia that the Ahtisaari Plan should be used as a basis for the solution, Tadic said that the plan is good only in certain aspects but cannot offer an effective and acceptable answer to the problems Serbs are facing in Kosovo.
He said that it is not clear to him why the parties gathered in the U-Turn are attacking the policy of both membership in the EU and preservation of interests in Kosovo as unrealistic and are suggesting that the Ahtisaari Plan should be implemented in the north, although it offers far less options to Serbs than they have had for years now.
The president wondered whether these parties intend to impose such a solution on Serbs by force, since the local Serb population does not want it, and asked whether such a policy can be dubbed realistic.
Ahead of the new session of the European Council on Serbia's EU candidate status, Tadic said that a positive decision would certainly serve as wind in the sails of Serbia's proEuropean forces, but that the decision is not fateful because Serbia is undeniably on the right European track and will not change its strategic approach.
Commenting on the conditions Germany imposed on Serbia, Tadic said that competent bodies are trying to find a solution in talks with Berlin.
Pressures are not effective, Tadic said and pointed out that Serbia attaches considerable gravity to Germany's stand since it is a key country in the EU today, and Serbia wishes to find a solution to this issue through joint efforts.

DACIC: SOLVE KOSOVO ISSUE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

BELGRADE, Jan. 05 (Tanjug, B92) - Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Ivica Dacic stated on Thursday that the Kosovo issue had to be resolved as soon as possible.
Ivica Dacic (Tanjug, file)He explained that the outcome of the crisis would otherwise be unfavorable for everybody involved.
"If the international community, Priština and Belgrade continue to turn the blind eye, I believe that the crisis will last for a long time and end unfavorably for everybody involved," the prime minister told Tanjug. He explained that according to a possible bad scenario Europe would constantly be unstable, Albanians would not accomplish their goal, and Serbia would also be at a loss as Serbs may get expelled from northern Kosovo and the enclaves.
Therefore, an agreement should be reached in the interest of both Serbs and Albanians, Dacic believes, adding that this would be a compromise in which all sides would get "a bit of what they did not want".
Seeing the Kosovo problem as a territorial conflict, he remains certain that the solution lies in a just partition or correction of the administrative line or borders.
The Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) leader recalled that he had been claiming since 2006 that no government in the history of Serbia was more responsible for the situation in Kosovo than Albanian separatism, nationalism and terrorism.
"Why? It is because this was the main goal of Kosovo Albanians. Since the League of Prizren, and even before that, the sole goal of Albanians was creation of an Albanian state since they never accepted Serbia as their country. Therefore, it is very difficult to say what will be the final epilogue of the Kosovo story. This problem has been unsolved for centuries, and no one can claim to have the best possible solution," the deputy prime minister noted.
However, he is worried about the "traditional Serbian disunity", which could be fatal if the Belgrade authorities or any other representative of the Serbian people living in Kosovo, other parts of Serbia or even outside Serbia had different positions and stressed that the Republic of Serb Krajina was a fine example of that.
He advised the northern Kosovo Serbs to coordinate all of their moves regarding important issues, such as holding of the referendum, with Belgrade so the entire situation would not end up being detrimental to the Serbian national and state interests.
Dacic said he advocated a wise policy that would protect the Serbs in Kosovo.
He believes that conflicting positions on the barricades, attitude toward EULEX and KFOR, the dialogue with Priština and the referendum are in a way a reflection of an interparty struggle.
"Serbia and Serbs should lead a statebuilding policy. Each move needs to be measured with the goal you want to achieve. Nobody is talking about whether Serbs have the right or not here, this is only about what the purpose is and what one wants to achieve. If one wants to show that Serbs do not accept the Priština authority, I think it's clear to everyone today, even to (Kosovo Prime Minister) Hashim Thaci," the deputy prime minister concluded.

TAHIRI REQUESTS COOPER TO ARRANGE MEETING ON INSURANCE COSTS

BRUSSELS, Jan 05 (Beta) - The deputy premier of Kosovo and chief of Pristina's delegation in talks with Belgrade, Edita Tahiri, on Jan. 5 requested the EU mediator Robert Cooper for a meeting of expert groups to discuss the abolition of high tariffs for the insurance of vehicles that enter Serbia from Kosovo and vice versa.
Both the Serbs and the Albanians complained about the high tariffs, claiming that they have to pay more than EUR100 per month if they wish to cross the administration line with their vehicles. The authorities of Serbia and Kosovo said that the prices were not up to them, but to the insurance companies, which have already scheduled a meeting regarding the prices of insurance for January.
In the letter to the EU official, Tahiri requested that a commercial solution be found by the companies which insure vehicles from Kosovo and Serbia, so as to avoid additional payment of insurance.