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Van der Bellen: Perhaps Alpbach left a wrong impression

Alexander van der Bellen

VIENNA – Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen stated that it is possible people got a wrong impression about optimism following Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vučić and Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaçi remarks during European Forum Alpbach.

Tanjug cited Van der Bellen during his visit to Croatia, where he said: „We will see how the talks between Belgrade and Pristina carry on. Maybe the Alpbach has left the wrong impression “.

Commenting on Vučić’s refusal to meet Thaçi in Brussels last week, Van der Belen said that he is not certain why some changes happened now, but he does not rule out the possibility that everything will be different in two weeks.

He reminded that in the past period positive development took place in the Western Balkans, such as the solution to the Macedonian name dispute, but he also added that there are still “a couple of stumbling blocks that must be removed.”

He underlined that all bilateral conflicts should be resolved before EU accession, due to the experience EU had with Cyprus.

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