Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic insists his country does not want to join NATO. PHOTO/Reuters
BELGRADE – President Serbia Aleksandar Vucic said on Friday (3/2/2023) evening, that his country was going through a process of membership and integration European Union (EU), but doesn’t want to join NATO .
Vucic’s remarks came on the second day of the special session of the Serbian Assembly, where the Franco-German Plan, supported by the United States and the EU, was comprehensively discussed to resolve the Kosovo issue.
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“Serbia does not want to join NATO. Serbia wants to maintain and strengthen its military neutrality. There is a big difference between European integration and Atlantic integration,” Vucic said, as quoted by Anadolu Agency.
He said that Serbia would prevent Kosovo from joining the United Nations and be able to achieve it. Lawmakers adopted the government’s report on negotiations with Kosovo from September 2022 to mid-January 2023.
The 40-page report makes no mention of the Franco-German proposal to resolve the Kosovo issue, but lists past activities and assesses progress on issues and individual agreements.
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The European Union needs Kosovo and Serbia to reach a final agreement that can resolve issues between the two countries in order to progress in the integration process.
Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, with most UN member states including the US, UK, France, Germany and Turkey recognizing it as an autonomous state separate from its neighbours. However, Belgrade continues to regard Kosovo as its territory.
Vucic said in October that Germany and France had offered to speed up the process of joining Serbia in the EU if it recognized Kosovo’s independence and allowed it to become a member of an international organization.
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