Milivojevic: The visit of the representative of the Serb List to the USA is a sign that there is no solution in Kosovo without the Serbs

Slavko Simić, Igor Simić i Gabrijel Eskobar
Source: Kosovo Online

The visit of representatives of the Serb List to Washington is an indication that awareness has grown in the US administration that de-escalation in Kosovo cannot happen without the Serbian side, assessed career diplomat Zoran Milivojevic, RTV reported.

Milivojevic told Tanjug that the visit had two dimensions, first of all, there was significant interest from the American side in the events in Kosovo, and Washington was "raising" the way it reacted and the frequency of solving issues in Kosovo, which were of its interest.

The second dimension, he states, is the fact that the awareness has grown in the US administration that without the Serbian side, de-escalation cannot be achieved and that the issues in Kosovo cannot be actively resolved.

"It is clear that they had a need to meet with the representatives of the Serb List and, at this moment when the ground is being prepared for a possible continuation of the dialogue, but above all for the search for a solution to the current escalation in the north of Kosovo and Metohija, to talk with the Serbian side, to hear what the Serbian side is thinking about it and I must say that they have in mind that it is necessary to meet the Serbian side as well if essential de-escalation is desired," Milivojevic said.

According to him, Pristina, with its non-constructive approach, no longer suits the American side.

At the same time, he points out, a solution is being sought with the Serbian side.

"This is an opportunity for the Serbian side to present its views. From what we have seen from a short and terse statement, it is that the Serbian side has remained on its positions, i.e. that the Community of Serb-majority Municipalities is the first and central issue," Milivojevic stated.

As he said, the visit had been an opportunity for the Serbian side to reiterate its positions, the three key elements of which were the Community of Serb-majority Municipalities, the relationship towards the Serbs as a whole, and pressure on the Pristina side to change its policy.

When asked if the fact that the representatives of the Serb List had been in Washington, while Kurti "hasn't been there for a long time", was a message that Belgrade was not responsible for the escalation, Milivojevic said that such a message had two elements.

"One thing is that it is respected that the Serbian side has a constructive attitude towards both de-escalation and the continuation of the dialogue. Another thing is that Kurti's attitude of ignoring the Serb list was not respected, which is very important," Milivojevic said.

According to him, all this means that the Americans respect the Serb List, that they bear in mind that it represents the Serb majority and that it is a factor without which nothing positive can be done - not only de-escalation but also future dialogue.