Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic said that it is possible for Serbia and Turkey to cooperate on the issue of Kosovo’s status once the International Court rules on the illegality of the unilateral independence declaration ethnic Albanian separatists made last year.
Jeremic’s comments come during his three day visit to Turkey and Algeria, another Muslim state that fiercely opposes Kosovo’s independence.
Jeremic’s comments come days after Turkey’s Ambassador in Serbia, Suha Omar, said that the decision by the International Court of Justice will be significant for every country and that “those that have recognized independence of Kosovo, could re-evaluate their position.”
Turkey’s Ambassador also noted that Ankara views Serbia as the key state in the Balkans and that it is keen on enhancing its relations while citing the ongoing close military ties.
In Ankara, Jeremic stressed that both Serbia and Turkey are capable of taking advantage of an opportunity.
“I believe that we are strong enough to concentrate on interests to Turkey to engage it self in the Western Balkans, through the strategic partnership with Serbia,” said Jeremic.
Jeremic will also visit Algeria where the talks will focus on enhancing relations and Algeria’s readiness to submit its legal brief to the World Court against Kosovo independence.
“Algeria is one of the Arab countries with firm and resolute attitude against Kosovo’s unilateral proclamation of independence. We have closely cooperated so far when it comes to Kosovo-Metohija and we expect Algeria to state their legal opinion before the International Court of Justice,” Jeremic said.
Prior to his trip to Turkey and Algeria, Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic met with the Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis who is in Serbia on a three day visit.