Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, should explain what "innovative ideas" and suggestions they thought could cut Kosovo's Gordian knot, while the European Union (EU), as a mediator in Belgrade-Pristina talks, had set as an ultimate goal "the normalization of their relations, which no one will be able to go around," BETA learned on Feb. 3 from sources at the EU headquarters in Brussels.
"Recognition is inevitable, because neither Serbia nor Kosovo will be able to join the EU without it," officials at the EU headquarters said to BETA, when asked for a comment on Vucic's words during a Feb. 2 visit to Paris that he was prepared to listen to Macron's "innovative ideas" as to how to reach a compromise between Serbia and Kosovo, as well as the French president's statement that he was "ready to support some new solutions" his Serbian counterpart had offered.
The EU sources also said that "what can be 'innovative' is a new approach, a new way to end the process, but it's still a mere framework, not the essence of it." "As to the innovative solutions, the two presidents should explain what they had in mind," the sources in Brussels underlined.
They made it very clear that "the normalization of relations is the only solution, and no one can go around it," adding that "a final recognition is, too, because neither Serbia nor Kosovo will be able to join the EU without it."