Tadic: "Serbia will never recognize Kosovo"
29. August 2010. | 22:06 18:48
Source: Emg.rs, Infobiro.tv
Serbian President Boris Tadic announced Saturday consultations with Brussels and Washington regarding Serbia's draft resolution on Kosovo which will be conducted within Serbia's national interests.
Tadic said that the possibility of a compromise on the resolution will be discussed in Brussels and Washington these days, adding that the compromise is to remain on the line of Serbia's national interests and also satisfy the great powers.
According to him, in the days to come Serbia's representatives will pay a visit to Brussels so as to discuss the possible amendments to the draft resolution which would be acceptable both for Serbia and the great powers.
The only excluded aspect is a compromise regarding the recognition of Kosovo's unilateral independence.
"Serbia will never recognize Kosovo. That is the red line we will not cross," Tadic told journalists in Uzice, Western Serbia, adding that he has informed Western leaders about this decision.
"I have told this to Westerwelle, Clinton, Sarkozy and Merkel and I will say this to everyone," the Serbian president underlined.
Tadic underscored that no foreign politician ever told him that the recognition of Kosovo's unilateral independence is a precondition for Serbia's EU accession.
He also refuted that Serbia did not consult anyone before submitting the draft resolution to the UN General Assembly.
According to Tadic, five most important EU states, the so-called Quint countries, and the USA did not approve the document.
Russia, Brazil, China, India and the five EU countries that have not recognized Kosovo's unilateral independence did not disprove the draft resolution.
Tadic said that the position of the Quint countries cannot be ignored, but that Serbia will not give up neither on Kosvo-Metohija nor on the EU.
In other related news, the Office of the President of Serbia Boris Tadic has denied media allegations that the Serbian President is ready to recognize Kosovo under certain conditions.
The Croatian "Novi List“ paper reported, referring to unofficial sources close to the Serbian diplomacy, that Tadic is allegedly ready to recognize Kosovo's independence if his three conditions are met: exterritoriality of Orthodox monasteries in Kosovo, the special status of Serbs south of the Ibar, and actual recognition of the status quo in the north of the province.
The same statement was published in the Belgrade paper „Pravda“.