Tadić: Kosovo recognition not EU condition

Serbian President Boris Tadić said that even though 22 countries of the EU have recognized Kosovo, recognition is not a condition for Serbia’s integration.

“Any other situation would be a very big problem and the integration process would be blocked,” Tadić said at a joint press conference held with his Croatian counterpart Ivo Josipović after a forum dedicated to the Western Balkans held in Brussels.

Tadić said that Serbia accepts that Kosovo and all its residents are citizens of the EU, but as a southern Serbian province.

“When we are speaking of the EU integration process, it is completely clear that only UN member-states can join the EU. Serbia does not and will never recognize Kosovo, but is interested in all the people of the region and those that live in the southern province becoming EU citizens,” he said.

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