Sunday, October 20, 2013

Dacic calls on Serbs to vote in local elections in Kosovo

10/19/2013 2:32:00 PM

GRACANIC,- Serbia's Prime Minister Ivica Dacic called on the Kosovo Serbs on Saturday to vote in the local election for those who would run a common political agenda with Belgrade, thereby having the capacity to protect the Serbian national interest, adding that going to Kosovo was a pilgrimage to every Serb.

  Pristina has no need to object to Belgrade's interference in the Kosovo elections, because the Serbs in Kosovo already know that a united struggle for the national interest is the only guarantee of their survival there, Dacic told a crowd gathered at the monastery Gracanica. "Pristina is not preventing those who are calling for a boycott of the elections and open collaboration with the authorities in Pristina to come, because it is in their interest to have as few Serbs as possible vote in the elections.
 We have to do something that does not suit them, and that is to take power and use it for our own interest," Dacic noted. He called on the Serb politicans in Kosovo not to fight each other, but to seek unity. "There is not help for the Kosovo Serbs if Serbia is not strong, and it cannot be strong if it is not united, so I call on you to be united in protecting our national interest," Dacic underscored. Commenting on the statements his visit is religious in character, he said it was true because he believed in Serbia and because Kosovo was holy ground to every Serb and coming to it was a pilgrimage to them. Dacic did not attend a campaign rally of the Citizen Initiative Srpska, a candidate list for the local elections in Kosovo.

 Members of the initiative joined the prime minister and his host, Bishop of Raska and Prizren Teodosije, at the monastery. GRACANICA - Serbia's Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said at the start of his visit to Gracanica on Saturday he had come to Kosovo to say that Serbia cared and would continue to care for its citizens. "It is important to us for the Serbs to be united and protect their interest in the best way," he told reporters as he entered the monastery of Gracanica surrounded by heavy security. 

The Serbian government thus wants to send a message of peace and of need for a joint life in Kosovo, he noted. Commenting on the heavy security, he said he did not need it in Kosovo, and that the people around him were not his personal security, but the escort assigned for the visit. An election campaign rally of the Citizen Initiative Srpska, which will run in the coming local elections and is supported by the Serbian government, is scheduled to happen in Gracanica on Saturday. The media invitation sent by the initiative earlier did not say there would be an address by Dacic.
 Photo Tanjug, N. Milosevic

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