The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic said that preparatory phase consultations for the inter-party dialogue began today and pointed out that the dynamics of the talks depend on the representative of the European Parliament, not on him, he suggested starting it earlier.
Dacic reminded the journalists that in a conversation with the with the Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs David McAllister and four EP representatives on 1 March, it was agreed to allow time for the so-called preparatory phase.
He pointed out that he initially asked for the dialogue to start immediately, but the European mediators asked for a preparatory phase in April and May. As he said, he will invite even those parties that do not want to participate in the dialogue mediated by foreigners to come to the Assembly.
Dacic added that it is up to the Assembly to be the patron of the inter-party dialogue, to conduct it in good faith and to reach a solution.
He said he thinks that the whole matter being conducted online is a handicap, but that he cannot interfere with the procedures, adding that it is important that the participants in the inter-party dialogue show good will and make proposals that are sustainable, acceptable to all and not to look for an "alibi for some of their shortcomings" in terms of the number of votes, nor is there any expectation that the European Parliament will force someone to accept certain conditions.
Dacic pointed out that he did not receive any platforms from parties such as the Party of Freedom and Justice or the People's Party, but that he was open to all proposals.