German Chancellor Angela Merkel met today in Berlin Serbian President Alensadar Vucic, when one of the main topics was also Kosovo issue. During a joint press conference Merkel has not commented whether Belgrade should recognise Kosovo in order to join the EU.
The outgoing German Foreign Minister in his recent visit to Kosovo said that Serbia should recognise the independence of Kosovo in order to join the European Union. However he did not ask Serbia to recognise Kosovo, stating that Belgrade should only accept existence of the state of Kosovo. But on Tuesday the German Chancellor, Merkel was careful with Vucic stating that she is not going to give a public advice on what Serbia should do. Merkel said that Germany supports European path of Serbia. “Accession negotiations can be successful if reforms develop further in the domain of the rule of law and in the light of the issue of relations with Kosovo. That is why we partly touched on how we can reach a legal framework, a contractual solution for Kosovo," Merkel said.
But whether recognition of Kosovo is a condition for Serbia?
“I am not here to recommend on what should happen and should be done,” said Merkel. “The initiative comes from Sebria’s side. The President of Serbia is the key actor in this issue. We discuss related to this issue and support them when our support is required. But I don’t want to share, let alone to the public,” said Merkel.
Aleksandar Vucic said after his meeting with Angela Merkel that he had "understood all messages" and would work to solve the Kosovo problem. Vucic said that a "difficult" road to the EU lies ahead of Serbia, that much has to be done when it comes to (accession negotiations) chapters dealing with the rule of law, but also when it comes to relations with Pristina. "I told her that it is more important to love the land of one's children than of one's ancestors. Serbia is ready for a solution, but the solution is in both sides losing something," he said.
According to him, "it may be better if nobody is satisfied" - because there are "many difficult solutions, while for Serbia the only difficult one is that where Serbia is the only loser." "We know what difficult tasks are ahead of Serbia, I am grateful to Merkel for the support... We believe in compromise, not in unilateral solutions, we believe that Germany's support, which will be even more powerful under Angela Merkel's leadership, will find solutions," Vucic said.