December 06, 2017
Toma

President’s Secretary General Nikola Selakovic says Wednesday’s talks in Belgrade with Bosnia-Herzegovina Presidency members “will not be easy.”

Beta is reporting that Selakovic told RTS he was not an optimist when it comes to resolving contentious issues concerning the demarcation of the border between the two countries.

“The issue of borders is the most important bilateral issue and I am not too optimistic, although the Serbian side has prepared proposals that agree with the views put forward by the Bosniak (Muslim) member of the BiH Presidency (Izetbegovic) – whether something has changed, we will see it today,” he said.

This official added that there have constantly been tensions between Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina since the end of the war, but that Serbia is trying to be a stabilizing factor and not cause new provocations.

“President Vucic will be regarded internationally as a person of initiative, and in this light comes the visit of members of the BiH Presidency. These talks are not easy because they are conducted with three Presidency members who hold different positions,” Selakovic said.

He did not wish to speak about the informal dinner Vucic had with the visiting Presidency members last night in Belgrade, but said that the president afterwards called Milorad Dodik, leader of the Serb entity in BiH.

Asked about a European Commission report that states Serbia could become an EU member in 2025 if it meets all conditions by 2023, Selakovic replied that this is the first time concrete dates are being mentioned.

According to the European Commission, Belgrade should sign a comprehensive agreement on normalization of relations with Pristina by 2019.

“It’s a difficult question, Serbia has its own interest and dignity, you could see the guidelines in solving this problem and we will continue with that policy,” Selakovic said, commenting on the signing of an agreement with Pristina.

 

Source: b92