The solution of the Kosovo problem should be sought in the dialogue with the Albanians, Vucic said

© AFP 2017 / Timothy A. ClaryПрезидент of Serbia Alexander Vucic, during a speech at the UN General Assembly. 21 September 2017The solution of the Kosovo problem should be sought in the dialogue with the Albanians, Vucic said© AFP 2017 / Timothy A. Clary

The achievement of a political solution to the problem of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo is a national priority of Serbia that is willing to look for it in dialogue with the Albanians, said on Thursday the head of the Republic Alexander survived, speaking at the General Assembly (GA) of the UN.

«I want to emphasize again: the achievement of a political solution for Kosovo — Serbian is our national priority, this is a question that is of great importance for our economy, for the future of Serbia and the entire region. You all know that we have not recognized the unilateral Declaration of independence of the so-called Kosovo. I’m not going to talk about territorial integrity, but instead I want to talk about how to solve the problem of how to find a solution to this age-old problems,» said Vucic.

According to the head of the Serbian state, all that has been achieved during the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina in Brussels is the result of arduous negotiations, as well as constructive and Serbia’s commitment to dialogue.

«We have demonstrated a willingness to compromise. It’s not easy to find a mutually acceptable solution on many issues. Over the past four years after we began the dialogue process in Brussels, despite the setbacks and physical and ethnic clashes, for us and for the Albanians this was an important step forward, and we will continue in the future, these political efforts», — said the President of Serbia.

The Albanian authorities of Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Serbia recognizes the independence of the breakaway Republic, however, under pressure from Brussels and the region of convergence with the European Union, as well as for the sake of ease of life in the province, ordinary citizens in 2011 was forced to start negotiations on the normalization of relations with Kosovo Albanians with the mediation of the EU.

The largest agreements are the Agreement on principles of normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, signed in April 2013, and the agreement on the Community of Serb communities, signed by the parties in August 2015.