Belgrade-Pristina negotiations are key for Serbia’s EU integration, says Deputy PM

Serbia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Rasim Ljajic, said that if the Kosovo and Serbia prime ministers fail to agree on the planned Association of Serbian Municipalities in Kosovo, Serbia’s EU integration process will come to a halt for at least two years.

“There will be elections in Germany… the members of the European Commission will be changed, and they will not want to deal with us while they are doing that,” Ljajic told TV Pink on Sunday.

The eighth round of EU-mediated talks, which is due to start on Tuesday, is seen as crucial for Serbia, as the outcome will affect an EU decision on whether to offer Serbia a start date for membership talks in June or not. Serbia obtained EU candidacy in March 2012.

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