Vucic: For France, CSM is a condition for talks on Kosovo's membership in international organizations

Aleksandar Vučić
Source: Kosovo Online

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic addressed the media in Paris, stating that yesterday's meeting with French President Macron had lasted for three hours and that they had discussed the situation in Kosovo and the region.

"What I did last night, few would do. Because I am a political veteran who doesn't think about himself and his future but about the country he leads. I live with that and know what we have been through. You can send someone to tell fairy tales or lies. But I have been here for 12 years in all the talks, and I am like an encyclopedia for what happened in the last 12 years, and whether those are good or bad data, that is another matter. There are no easy things here. No one in the world knows this like I do, no one has attended all the talks. I was there while the administration in Pristina changed six times. I am the only one who knows all of that: who said what, I take notes for every conversation, I know how many times someone told me something, how many times Escobar said something, and when Emmanuel Bonne said something. How many times Lajcak said something... Macron was fair; he said, you told me that in Brussels, you told me when we were in Chisinau... And he was fair, he had some questions about CSM. We managed to explain Serbia's position," Vucic said.

As he added, his job is to fight for his country.

"I feel wonderful and proud when I represent Serbia at honors arranged for our country. Thanks to Macron for telling me he trusts me. He is a great leader. We talked about Kosovo and Metohija, the Srebrenica Resolution, and the situation in the region. There will be some contacts related to the region. We talked about the situation in Ukraine and everything happening there. Macron has a stronger intelligence agency and has much more data than us because he has access to NATO data and data from European agencies. My stance on things getting tougher hasn't changed," he emphasized.

Vucic highlighted that concrete agreements were reached, and regarding the Rafale deal, the contract is expected in the next two months.

"I talked with Macron about Kosovo and Metohija and the situation in the region, and those were not simple talks. I am grateful that he listened to us. We talked about all our difficulties, I think we managed to explain our position and that he understood us," Vucic said.

Responding to a question about when to expect French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to Serbia, he said he hopes for it soon, in the next few months.

Answering a journalist's question about Macron's stance on "squeezing" Pristina into the Council of Europe, Vucic said he could not speak about that because France was too big a power for him to discuss their views.

"Don't forget that France, just a few days ago, reminded everyone of the obligation to form the Community of Serb Municipalities before even talking about membership in some international organizations. He knows well, and he reiterated it very fairly last night, that I had told him from the beginning that discussing in the United Nations and UN agencies was out of the question," Vucic said.

Commenting on opposition claims that he wants to "sell Kosovo," Vucic emphasized that he had been hearing that from day one and would like the public to see how much Serbia's team fought in closed meetings.

"I have been hearing that from day one. It's not about what you hear, but about how much you work for your country. If you were present at closed meetings, you would see how hard our people fight," Vucic emphasized.

As he noted, one of those who strongly fight for Kosovo is the Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija, Petar Petkovic.

He added that the current government in Serbia was criticized by those who "never dared to say a word in closed meetings" and that those attacks would be "even fiercer" considering that the opposition had not achieved the expected results.