Belgrade officially rejects deal with Kosovo

Serbian government has decided not to sign the agreement on the normalization of relations with Kosovo. The decision has been taken unanimously after a series of meetings held by the country’s leaders.

“The government of Serbia will not agree to an accord that does not ensure human rights and freedoms and is not applicable on the ground, therefore it is not a long-term solution,” Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said.

Another reason presented for refusing this agreement is related to the withdrawal of executive powers for communes of Serb majority. The Serbian party seeks the continuation of dialogue.

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(Archive photo of a March 2013 meeting, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, Hashim Thaçi, Kosovan Prime Minister, and Ivica Dačić, Serbian Prime Minister and Minister for the Interior: EC Audiovisual Service)