Senators: You'll have to give something in order to gain something in return

After the talks, Serbia's President and U.S. Senators gave statements to the press. Conclusion: Belgrade and Pristina need to reach compromising solution

Source: Tanjug
Tanjug/Predsedništvo Srbije
Tanjug/Predsedništvo Srbije

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic stated, after the talks with Senators Ron Johnson and Chris Marfy, that both sides should lose equally, in order for both sides to gain equally". "This is the only way to strike the deal", Vucic reiterated.

He told reporters after the meeting that he conveyed to the US senators an unequivocal stance that Serbia expects the abolishing of taxes and wants a compromise, but that a deal can't be about fulfilling one side's goals, without the Serbian side getting anything.

"This should be an agreemen in which both sides lose equally, in order for both sides to gain equally", Vucic said during a press conference.

Vucic said that Belgrade is ready for any conversation because that is healing, adding that improving relations between Serbs and Albanians and establishing lasting peace would be of great benefit to Serbs and Albanians, as well as to all peoples living in the region.

He thanked the senators and said that he highly appreciates their efforts to find a solution to resuming the dialogue. Vucic also said that Serbia's interest is to intensify high-level political dialogue and that relations between the two countries need to be based on a partnership.

He said he was grateful to the senators for visiting and engaging in the region and for their desire to preserve stability and achieve lasting peace. "I am convinced that the desire to improve relations between Serbia and the US is mutual", said Vucic, adding that there was also talk about economic cooperation that will greatly benefit the citizens.

Tanjug/Predsedništvo Srbije
Tanjug/Predsedništvo Srbije

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson said that Belgrade and Pristina should give something in order to gain something in return.

Senator Chris Murphy said that resolving the Kosovo issue requires a major compromise and can only be done if sacrifices are made by both sides. Probably the agreement won't be satisfying to either side, but when it be in effect, potential benefit of the whole nation will be much better", Johnson concluded on the press conference.

"Of course, the biggest pressure will be on Serbia. But Serbia cannot recognize Kosovo's independence unless a compromise is reached. And there's no great philosophy here. And whoever likes to, can torment us", Vucic said at the news conference.

He said that Serbia is making progress and that US appreciates it and wants to encourage it.


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