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User currently offlineIFlyTWA From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 280 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1178 times:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080308/ap_on_re_eu/serbia_government

By JOVANA GEC, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 26 minutes ago

BELGRADE, Serbia - Serbia's prime minister dissolved the government Saturday and called for new elections after clashing with his pro-Western coalition partners over Kosovo and EU membership.
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Vojislav Kostunica said that he will convene a government session Monday that will propose to parliament that new elections be held May 11.

He accused pro-Western ministers of failing to support his efforts to preserve Kosovo as part of Serbia.

"There was no united will to clearly and loudly state that Serbia can continue its path toward the EU only with Kosovo," Kostunica said.

The new elections could determine whether Serbia continues toward the EU or takes a more isolationist approach reminiscent of Yugoslavia in the 1990s under the late strongman Slobodan Milosevic.

"The government will function in a reduced capacity until the elections are held," Kostunica said.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia on Feb. 17. The predominantly ethnic Albanian province had been under U.N. control since 1999, when NATO launched an air war to stop a Serb crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatists.

But Serbia, which considers the territory its historic and religious heartland, has rejected Kosovo's move as illegal under international law.

Kostunica insists that EU governments that recognized Kosovo must rescind their decisions before Serbia resumes pre-membership talks with the 27-nation bloc.

Kostunica criticized the EU for "giving the green light to its member states" to recognize Kosovo's secession and for sending a mission to Kosovo without Serbia's consent.

Pro-Western President Boris Tadic opposes tying Serbia's EU membership to the issue of Kosovo, which has been recognized as an independent state by several leading EU nations, including Britain, France and Germany.

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Associated Press Writer Dusan Stojanovic contributed to this report.


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User currently offlineIliriBDL From Germany, joined May 2007, 1205 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1173 times:

It would be great for Serbia and the Serbs if the moderates were to win the elections in May.


Alex and Joker, I want to know what your opinion on Kostunica is? (and on the upcoming elections)



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User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1141 times:



Quoting IliriBDL (Reply 1):
Alex and Joker, I want to know what your opinion on Kostunica is? (and on the upcoming elections)

As for me, I have to disagree with Kostunica, because we don't need another round of int'l isolation, which is neither going to help the Serbs nor the Kosovo.

Quoting IFlyTWA (Thread starter):
He accused pro-Western ministers of failing to support his efforts to preserve Kosovo as part of Serbia.

That's somehow truth. Now that Serbia is more democratic then ever before, Kosovo got independence. As you maybe now, Tadic won over Nikolic for only few percents, but now analysers suspect that Democrats (DS) will have less votes then before.

Quoting IliriBDL (Reply 1):

LDP is the only party in Serbia which supports Kosovo's independence (not officially), and they are thinking about division of Kosovo.


User currently offlineIliriBDL From Germany, joined May 2007, 1205 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1123 times:



Quoting AlexEU (Reply 2):
As for me, I have to disagree with Kostunica, because we don't need another round of int'l isolation, which is neither going to help the Serbs nor the Kosovo.

I agree with you, Serbia needs to work politically for its interest and for the Serbians in Kosovo, and at the same time have good relationship with Kosovo (and its govt) and only that way we together could become a major force in the Balkans (politically and economically).

And to tell you the truth, if Serbia was to work with Kosovo and the two started working together, with the EU's help, I would probably guess that they would join the union before Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro. (maybe same time with Croatia)

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 2):
LDP is the only party in Serbia which supports Kosovo's independence (not officially), and they are thinking about division of Kosovo.

Yeah I know about LDP. How about Tadic's party? Any chance they win the elections? I certainly hope that the Radical party doesn't win. (for the sake of the Serbs, who need someone that thinks for their better being and the future, not to take them years back)



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User currently offlineAlexEU From Serbia, joined Oct 2007, 1817 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1103 times:



Quoting IliriBDL (Reply 3):
I agree with you, Serbia needs to work politically for its interest and for the Serbians in Kosovo, and at the same time have good relationship with Kosovo (and its govt) and only that way we together could become a major force in the Balkans (politically and economically).

And to tell you the truth, if Serbia was to work with Kosovo and the two started working together, with the EU's help, I would probably guess that they would join the union before Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro. (maybe same time with Croatia)

That is hardly going to happen. Serbian gov promised that they will never recognize Kosovo, and a lot of people are against it. Time will tell, what was the best think to do at the moment.

Quoting IliriBDL (Reply 3):
How about Tadic's party? Any chance they win the elections?

These elections are parliamentary, so there will be no winners/loosers, and I will support Democrats.

Quoting IliriBDL (Reply 3):
I certainly hope that the Radical party doesn't win.

Me too, but bare in mind that over 30% of Serbs support Radical party.


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21637 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1101 times:

How do the President and PM in Serbia share the power? The PM seems to be a hard-liner while the President is more moderate - does one have control over the other?

-Mir



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21467 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1094 times:



Quoting AlexEU (Reply 4):
That is hardly going to happen. Serbian gov promised that they will never recognize Kosovo, and a lot of people are against it.

"Never" in politician-speak means simply "not as long as I'm in office". Things change - and must often change.

If Kosovo is even remotely as important to Serbia as some serbian politicians claim, being on good terms for easy travel and unproblematic visits would be crucial.

Both sides need to learn to listen better to each other instead of just producing empty propaganda. That would just be another dead end.


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