Stefanovic: Jeremic will remain FM
11. September 2010. | 07:19
Serbian Foreign Ministry Political Director Borko Stefanovic said Friday that Vuk Jeremic will remain at the head of the ministry.By agreeing to a joint resolution with the EU, Serbia has not made a significant shift in its policy towards Kosovo, it will not recognize Kosovo's independence, and the focus of a solution has not been shifted to the EU, he said.
The daily Danas reported that President Tadic and Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic will discuss a possible change at the top of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to the paper, the Serbian president will meet with Jeremic immediately upon the minister's return from New York where he attended the UN General Assembly session at which the Kosovo resolution was passed.
Serbian Foreign Ministry Political Director Borko Stefanovic said Friday that Vuk Jeremic will remain at the head of the ministry.Media speculations in this regard are unfounded, he told B 92 TV.
The Serbia-EU Resolution on the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (IICJ), which was adopted by the UN General Assembly late on Thursday, paves the way for negotiations on Kosovo, maintains the national position and consolidates partnership with the European Union, Stefanovic said.
It does not, however, confirm the independence of Kosovo in any way, he said.
The adoption of the Resolution is a result of Serbia's real and potential foreign policy faced with great challenges, Stefanovic noted.
Success has been achieved in terms of coordination with the EU and the adoption of the text opens the door for talks with Pristina, which was the fundamental basis of Serbia's policy, he said.
By agreeing to a joint resolution with the EU, Serbia has not made a significant shift in its policy towards Kosovo, it will not recognize Kosovo's independence, and the focus of a solution has not been shifted to the EU, he said.
The EU has offered its good offices in the search for a solution, he said.
Serbia remains firm in its stand and will never recognize Kosovo's independence, but will continue to fight with all legitimate and democratic means to achieve its interests, Stefanovic said.
The talks with Pristina can begin when all organizational and technical matters are completed, he said.
Serbia is ready for negotiations and it was not Serbia that abandoned them in the first place, he said.
It is only through negotiations that a solution acceptable to all can be reached, and negotiations are impossible without international support, he said.
Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said that he is "absolutely opposed" to the opposition parties' call for the removal of Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic and added that the government has not discussed the matter.
Dacic added that he does not consider Jeremic responsible in any way for the ICJ opinion on the legality of Kosovo's unilaterally declared independence.
Asked to comment on claims in the media that the Democratic Party (DS) leadership is thinking about replacing Jeremic, Dacic said that was a matter for the DS.