Sunday, May 12, 2013

Vucic: Deal should not scare Kosovo Serbs

5/12/2013 3:40:00 PM LEPOSAVIC - Serbia's First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic stated in Leposavic, north Kosovo, on Sunday that the Brussels agreement should not scare people, adding that the state will stand by Kosovo Serbs.

  The agreement is the best that could be done at the moment, and Serbia is doing and will all in its might to the benefit of its people, he said. “Serbia stands by its people, it will not leave them and it is looking to the future,” he said after a meeting with Bishop Teodosije of Raska and Prizren. Vucic underscored that he came to Kosovo not to make excuses but to talk about the future with local people, the ways the state will stand by them in future, and what should be done.

 Speaking about the Brussels agreement, Vucic underlined that this deal is not good enough, but that it is the result of what could be reached in given circumstances. Vucic said that he wants to reassure people about the lies they are presented with by the ones who care only about their pockets. Bishop Teodosije said after the talks with Vucic that the fact that the Serbian government and the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) are together in Kosovo on Sunday is an encouragement and a sign that they are united, that they cannot do without one another, and that this will be the case in future as well. 

 The Serbian government's support is important for the survival of Serbs in Kosovo, the Bishop said. Commenting on the Brussels agreement, Bishop Teodosije said that this is what could be done at the moment, although there were those who wanted more since when you have a patient in an advanced stage of the disease, you ask for more to be done for him. He underlined that people should not be disheartened, adding that the deal is not the end. Vucic arrived in Kosovo-Metohija on Sunday morning in order to meet with Serbs and their political representatives on the Brussels agreement. First, he visited Leposavic, where he was welcomed by numerous citizens and applause in the yard of the Church of St. Basil of Ostrog. Vucic attended the liturgy marking the town's holiday. 

 Posters saying “Welcome to Serbian Kosovo-Metohija, Vucic” have been pasted along the magistrate road to the Leposavic municipality. After the talks with Bishop Teodosije, Vucic is planned to confer with official of four north Kosovo municipalities in north Kosovska Mitrovica on Sunday. According to the Office for Kosovo-Metohija, more than 60 accredited journalists are reporting about Vucic's visit to north Kosovo. Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and Vucic have recently conferred in Belgrade with representatives of northern Kosovo Serbs and heads of all districts in Serbia's southern province on the implementation of the Brussels deal, and the goal of Vucic's visit is to reach an agreement on the implementation. Photo Tanjug, N. Milošević, Boki

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