Monday, May 13, 2013

Vucic: Through all difficulties together

5/12/2013 7:21:00 PM

 KOSOVSKA MITROVICA - Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said addressing the councilors of four north Kosovo municipalities on Sunday that the Brussels agreement implies painful and difficult things, adding that the Serbian government and Kosovo Serbs will stick together through all difficulties. “Each time, and today as well, I say that this is a difficult agreement, but the only one possible, and the ones who say that we could have achieved more are not telling the truth,” Vucic said answering the questions of councilors of four north Kosovo municipalities regarding the Brussels agreement. 

“I can say in advance, there will be more difficult and painful things that we will have to go through together,” Vucic said addressing the councilors. In response to the question whose seal will be put on the university diplomas in the territory of the community of Serb municipalities, Vucic said that the seal will be put by the university that issues the diploma. However, Vucic said that this is not a topic of the agreement, and that certain solutions are yet to be discussed, stressing that the Brussels deal should not be wrongly interpreted. Vucic said that efforts will be made in the implementation of the Brussels agreement to find as successful solutions as in the agreement in the integrated management of the administrative crossings. ------------------ 

Vucic does not expect deal on Sunday 
 KOSOVSKA MITROVICA - Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic stated in Kosovska Mitrovica on Sunday that he does not expect that an agreement with Kosovo Serbs, who are opposing the Brussels deal, will be reached on Sunday evening, but added that he has noticed a change in their stance. “I cannot say that I expect the community or councilors of four municipalities to say that they accept it, but I can see a change in their thinking and stance. I can see a different viewpoint,” Vucic said for Radio and Television of Serbia (RTS). He underlined that he does not expect to get an answer tonight at a meeting with councilors of four north Kosovo municipalities, but that he hopes that he will answer numerous questions in good atmosphere. 

“We are saying this to people in a completely clear way, and I am certain that this communication will in future be different and based on real and rational basis. We have no time to waste, and it is the same with Serbs in Kosovo-Metohija,” Vucic said, adding that he is only afraid that someone's irresponsible policy and lack of visions could jeopardize that. Vucic said that it is in the interest of the people for the government and representatives of Kosovo Serbs to work together and make agreements. This is the crucial message, and this means that the government and councilors of four municipalities will have to work much more and hold talks to overcome differences in stances, he said. 

“When they said that it is a risk to come here, I said that this would be a risk only for the ones who lie and deceive. The ones who speak the truth and say the same things in Belgrade, Kosovska Mitrovica, Brussels, Moscow and Washington are not deceiving their people, but they are fighting for it,” Vucic said, adding that he is proud of the fact that a number of people in Kosovo see that today. Ahead of Sunday evening's talks with councilors of four north Kosovo municipalities, Vucic said that there will be many more difficult issues, but that people should not be scared by saying that things are more frightening than they are. ------------------------------------- 

Agreement on joint operation reached 
 LEPOSAVIC - First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic stated on Sunday that he has reached an agreement with the heads of four north Kosovo municipalities on coordination of future actions and joint operation. Vucic said after the meeting that although he and the municipal presidents do not share the same viewpoints, they managed to agree on coordination of future actions and joint operation. “Our people in Kosovo-Metohija have faith in the government,” 

Vucic said, adding that the government will work in the best interest of Serbia, including the interest of the people in Kosovo-Metohija. “In the aspects where we hold diverging stands, we will always search for common ground,” Vucic said. After the meeting with Vucic, Zvecan Mayor Dragisa Milovic confirmed that an agreement on the continuation of cooperation has been reached, shortly saying “we have to do it together”. 

 He said that the meeting between Vucic and councilors of four north Kosovo municipalities will be a good opportunity for the councilors to ask questions and express all their doubts and fears. “I sincerely hope that we will coordinate and work in accordance for the benefit both of our people in Kosovo-Metohija and Serbia,” Milovic said. This was the third meeting between Vucic and representatives of four north Kosovo municipalities on the Brussels agreement, and the government's delegation on Sunday also included outgoing director of the government's Office for Kosovo-Metohija Aleksandar Vulin. --------------------------------- 

Deal should not scare Kosovo Serbs 
 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.Milosevic, BOKI

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