BELGRADE, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic on Tuesday said his country was negotiating with the hope of reaching a permanent solution with Kosovo, reported Radio Television Serbia (RTS).
"Serbia needs and offers full cooperation with EULEX" to achieve a lasting solution, said Nikolic after meeting with Bernd Borchardt, head of the EULEX mission in Kosovo.
Borchardt said he had made his first official visit to Belgrade since assuming the position at the helm of EULEX in February to ensure "better cooperation" with Serbia.
He noted EULEX remained "neutral" with respect to Kosovo as it worked toward the establishment of an orderly society in Kosovo.
EULEX focuses on maintaining freedom of movement, security and cracking down on organized crime in Kosovo, according to Borchardt.
Serbia steadfastly refuses to recognize Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence in 2008 and insists Kosovo is part of its territory. Most leading European countries and the United States have exchanged diplomats with Pristina.