Serbian Parliament Speaker Ivica Dacic said in a discussion with Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe President Tiny Kox that allowing Kosovo to join the Council of Europe was contrary to international law, U.N. Security Council resolution 1244 and the values that this international organization espoused, such as human rights.
Dacic and Kox met on May 17 on the sidelines of a PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy in Crete and discussed the importance of multilateralism for strengthening security and responding to intelligence challenges in Europe as well as the European outlook for the Western Balkans.
Dacic also met with former Greek prime minister Giorgos Papandreou, a PACE rapporteur.
Papandreou, who presented a draft report on the Western Balkan's European perspective, told Dacic that the progress that had been achieved in the region's European integration since the Thessaloniki Summit in 2003 was not enough and did not correspond to the wishes of the majority of EU member states, a statement said.
The former Greek leader voiced the hope that his report would contribute to speeding up the process and that the enthusiasm of EU member states for welcoming new members would grow adding that the current "crisis in eastern Europe" would increase the need for the consolidation of friendly forces on the European continent, the statement said.