Belgrade would not exchange Kosovo for the EU
Belgrade rejects the conditions imposed by the EU to get the status of a candidate for EU and will not change its policy towards Kosovo, said Serbian President Boris Tadic during his visit to Decani monastery in western Kosovo, the agency DPA reported.
"We do not agree with abolishment of our institutions in the northern part of Kosovo", he said. He also called the EU requirement to agree with Kosovo participation in international conferences unacceptable. Serbia intends to return its former province, dissociated itself from it unilaterally four years ago, and did not recognize her as an independent state under any circumstances, said Tadic.
Tadic explained his refusal to abolish the Serbian institutions in northern Kosovo by the fact that in the long run this will lead to exodus of ethnic Serbs from the region, annually supported by Belgrade with subsidies which was estimated in about 300 million euros. The Serbian president called on ethnic Serbs in Kosovo not to give up and to protect their church, faith and national identity. Boris Tadic arrived in Decani after hours of delay caused by the mass protests of Kosovo Albanians who stoned his motorcade.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is particularly vigorously seeking the recognition of Kosovo as an independent state by Serbia. During her visit to Belgrade in August 2010, she called it the main condition of receipt the candidate status for EU membership by this country. In early December, the Heads of States and Governments of the EU postponed the question of granting candidate status to Serbia till March 2012. They expect the fact that until then Belgrade will achieve significant progress towards reconciliation of Kosovo, the Bulletin of the Caucasus reported.