“We won’t ask Dacic to commit harakiri,” says EC president

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Countries that have unresolved bilateral disputes cannot become part of the EU, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said.


“We want to offer stability to the countries of the Balkans, not to import instability,” Juncker told a press conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade late on Monday.

According to him, Brussels wants to a normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina.

“However, it is not for us to say what the character of this agreement will be, it is up to Belgrade and Pristina to determine that,” Juncker said.


He added that he “likes to visit Belgrade,” and that this was his second visit – while there will soon be a third.

The EC president, who traveled here with EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn as part of his tour of the Western Balkans, thanked Vucic, who he said “received them like princes.”


“In Brussels, we often talk about Serbia, and I also wanted to talk to the Serbs. This is not an inspection, no information gathering, it’s an open discussion,” he said.