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Kosovo: Serbia assesses European plan, Vucic among attendees

Political tension over the report.Oppositions, no ultimatum

23 January, 16:08
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JAN 23 - The latest developments in the negotiation process on the Kosovo crisis are the focus of a Serbian government meeting, which opened in Belgrade this morning. At the invitation of Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, the conference is also attended by President Aleksandar Vucic, who will brief the government on the talks held last Friday with envoys from the EU and the US, accompanied by diplomatic advisers from the governments of Italy, France, and Germany.

The international delegation had briefed Vucic on the contents of the Franco-German plan, endorsed by the EU, for an agreement between Belgrade and Pristina.

These contents, however, have yet to be officially made public. Vucic, speaking at the end of the meeting with the international envoys, had shown an openness of Belgrade on such a plan, with a reservation, which he did not reveal, however, but which would most likely concern the assent Serbia would have to give to Kosovo's admission to the UN.

This step would mean an albeit indirect recognition of Pristina's independence. The president had referred at the same time to the heavy consequences for Serbia in case of rejection of the plan. His statements prompted the immediate reaction of conservative and nationalist oppositions, which spoke openly of an unacceptable request from the West, criticizing Vucic for his openness and calling on him to report urgently to Parliament.


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