Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Aug. 14 that too much had been made of a statement by the Quint group of countries as its members' meetings were not high-level, and that the statement itself introduced a false equivalence.
Dacic told Pink TV that the statement made it appear as if Kosovo were entitled to levy 100-percent tariffs because Serbia was campaigning for withdrawal of recognition of Kosovo as an independent state.
"So then why the tariffs against Bosnia and Herzegovina, are they campaigning against recognition?" Dacic asked.
He said Serbia's goal was to reduce the number of countries that recognize Kosovo to under half of the membership of the United Nations, and added that he and Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic were preparing for a vote in Interpol on Kosovo's membership, taking
place in Chile in October.
"We have to prepare so they don't join these international organizations," Dacic said.
On the topic of talks about electoral conditions between the government and opposition in Serbia, Dacic said the international community did not recognize electoral boycott, and that, for the opposition, the question was whether they stood to gain more through
boycott or participation.
"As far as I'm concerned, these are regular elections after a number of years," Dacic said.