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Đurić: Chancellor Merkel presented with evidence regarding March 26

April 14, 2018 Source: RTS

Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Đurić told the RTS that the German Chancellor was briefed about the actual and objective state of affairs in Kosovo and Metohija. He added that a kind of maneuvering space is emerging for Serbia in support of the idea of finding a compromise.

Marko Đurić

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Making an appearance in the RTS central news program, Dnevnik, Marko Đurić said that the events in Syria demonstrate how important it is to preserve peace in our region.

“Our responsibility is to focus on preserving stability and peace in our region, and to work on problem solving. The efforts invested by our leadership contribute to stabilizing current situation,” Đurić explained.

He said that the factual situation in Kosovo has been presented to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“Thanks to the fact that Aleksandar Vučić received an invitation for the second time in two months to go and present Serbia’s point of view, yesterday we had a good opportunity to not only present the factual state of affairs on the ground, but also produce the whole list of tasks to be undertaken on the part of Priština, which remain outstanding to date, even though they were harmonized under the Brussels Agreement," Đurić pointed out.

The Director of Office of Kosovo and Metohija stated that he felt proud when Chancellor Merkel said that she personally trusts the President of Serbia, adding that the German Chancellor was informed about the events that took place on March 26.

“We presented evidence about everything that went on down there, and the fact that Merkel wanted to hear about it from the President Vučić speaks volumes. This was an important meeting, and our party approached it responsibly and with grate seriousness," Marko Đurić noted.

Representatives of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija act in a responsible manner

Đurić stated that Serbia is facing tough options ahead.

“After everything that happened in 1999, 2004 and 2008, when Kosovo's independence was declared unilaterally, Serbia is facing tough options ahead. When you have support for the idea of finding a compromise, it means that a kind of maneuvering space is emerging for Serbia,” Đurić said.

He added that the Community of Serbian Municipalities is a matter towards which both Belgrade and Pristina are engaged, and which is managed by the representatives of the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija.

“The only way that the CSM would be established is the one agreed in Brussels. If they don’t want to establish something new, they should not have talked to us,” the Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija emphasized.

He noted that representatives of Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija are acting in a responsible and serious manner, as was agreed.

“We have always upheld all the agreements. We leave the non-observance to Priština. But that should not lead them to believe that we will not put up a struggle to until we have ensured that what has been guaranteed by the agreement is implemented, and that the Serbs can remain and survive in Kosovo and Metohija,” Đurić concludes.

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