European Western Balkans

NIN: No consensus about the “internal dialogue” on Kosovo

Ana Brnabić; Photo: Tanjug/Sava Radovanović

BELGRADE – There is a lack of essential information about the internal dialogue regarding the attitude of Serbia towards Kosovo, writes NIN.

The retrospective of attitudes towards currently one of the most important issues in the public discourse of Serbia, as well as a review of the lack of essential information on “internal dialogue” regarding the attitude of Serbia towards Kosovo, can be found in this week’s NIN.

As the article states, “Unique mini dialogue on the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina will show that the attitudes of political actors are so contradictory that it is impossible to bring them to the same table under the announced conditions”.

What is known about the internal dialogue is coming from Prime Minister Ana Brnabić’s Cabinet, which is that we can expect the first public events in October and that there are clear frameworks for its enactment.

Nevertheless, NIN recalls, it is not exactly known who, besides the political actors, has the right to take an active part in it, as they call it, “mini dialogue”. Representatives of civil society, Serbian Ortodox Church representatives, as well as Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, are just some of the actors who are mentioned as eventual participants.

When it comes to the views of political parties, even if NIN stressed „ignorant attitude of the authorities towards the oldest weekly in the Balkans”, the statement was given by the member of the ruling party SNS, Milovan Drecun, Chairman of the Committee for Kosovo and Metohija in the Serbian Parliament.

“We need a constructive solution to the international community, but it does not mean that it will be accepted,” Drecun told NIN. In addition, he explained that we are in a “stalemate position and under great pressure, because the attitude towards Kosovo is reflected in the Republic of Srpska, indirectly and directly.”

On the other hand, the opposition has far more negative attitudes.

Boško Obradović, president of Dveri, a right-wing anti-European party in the Serbian parliament, a little bit unusual, uses the words of the late Prime Minister of Serbia Zoran Đinđić to express his stance on the dialogue.

“If Kosovo is independent, why is Republika Srpska not and if BiH is unitary, why is Serbia not?” he told to NIN.

Gordana Čomić, who has already expressed her stance on the internal dialogue for European Western Balkans, reiterated for NIN that the Democratic Party (DS), of which she is a longstanding member, agrees to lead the dialogue exclusively within the framework of the chapter 35.

Former Foreign Minister Vuk Drašković, now part of the ruling coalition and leader of the Serbian Renewal Movement, already calls for the acceptance of the reality, reminds NIN. Like President Vučić, he deems necessary to solve this issue for future generations.

At the end, NIN also expresses its reasonable attitude, saying that in addition to the American and European words of encouragement for the internal dialogue, it would really make sense if “the answer to the crucial question would be in front of the society – what could be the consequences of this (internal dialogue) process in Serbia, as well as for the Serbs in the region.“

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