Thursday, November 21, 2013

Dacic: Kosovo cannot be in UN as long as Serbia is supported

11/21/2013 6:37:00 PM

BELGRADE - Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said Thursday that Serbia will never give its consent for Kosovo's membership in the United Nations (UN). “We will never recognize an independent Kosovo, and will therefore never agree to Kosovo’s membership in the United Nations. All else is only circumventing the procedure in which the Security Council has the last word,” the prime minister told reporters in the Serbian parliament.

 Regarding a statement by Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hodzaj that Pristina will apply for membership of two or three UN agencies in the first half of 2014, Dacic said that such things cannot be done without negotiations and agreement with Belgrade. The prime minister stressed that Kosovo’s full-fledged membership of the UN cannot even be discussed as long as there are countries supporting the principled position of Serbia not to recognize the independence unilaterally proclaimed by ethnic Albanians. No pardon for those convicted of most serious crimes Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said Thursday that the negative attitude of the Ministry of Justice concerning pardon for former Serbia’s state security chief Radomir Markovic is also the position of the government on that issue. Nobody in the government's institutions is even thinking about revision of cases to pardon those convicted for the most serious crimes, Dacic told reporters in the Serbian parliament. 

 Dacic said that unnecessary fuss has been put up in the public about Markovic’s appeal for clemency since “nobody has been making any announcement about a decision that the state president may make.” He stressed the need to respect the Constitution and refused to make any statements that could undermine the competencies of the President of the Republic of Serbia. The prime minister, however, said that the Markovic case is being used by some to make unjustified accusations about the current government supposedly protecting those responsible for the killings that took place before the democratic changes in the country in 2000.

 He pointed out that it all comes down to political accusations and stated that Markovic's claims about possessing secret dossiers "whose release could have very serious and far-reaching consequences" for both him and the state will be thoroughly looked into. A commission tasked with shedding light on murders of journalists said in a release on Tuesday that Markovic claims to have the secret files in his possession and has threatened to go public with them if his sentence is not reduced in return for his assistance in the resolution of the case of the April 1999 murder of journalist Slavko Curuvija.

 The special prosecutor for organized crime has requested the Security Information Agency (BIA) to investigate into Markovic’s allegations and ordered that the 15 secret dossiers, if they are found, should be taken from the persons who have them in their possession. Markovic (67), former chief of Serbia’s state security service, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for his involvement in the murder of four official of the Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO) in October 1999 and in the kidnapping and murder of former Serbian president Ivan Stambolic in August 2000. Serbia will not drop charges unilaterally Serbia's Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said on Thursday Serbia would not unilaterally drop its countersuit of genocide against Croatia before the International Court of Justice, but stressed that Belgrade was still willing to continue the dialogue on a mutual withdrawal of the charges. Croatian officials' statements that the two governments have not found a way to mutually drop the charges against each other are not true, because Serbia is still willing to discuss it, he told reporters at the parliament. "We are preparing for the trial as though it is going to happen, but we would be willing, for the sake of good relations between neighbours, to make further efforts towards a mutual withdrawal of the charges," Dacic noted, adding that statements like a recent one from Croatian President Ivo Josipovic indicated fear from the reaction of the public in Croatia. "I invite the Croatian government and president to move in that direction more boldly. Serbia made bold steps when it accepted the Brussels agreement. What steps have they made? 

That takes courage and political leadership," Dacic pointed out. Officials of the two governments have not agreed that there is no more room for talks on a mutual withrawal of the charges, but the atmosphere in Croatia definitely does not support that, he said. Commenting on the destruction of Cyrillic signs in Croatia and recent pro-Nazi chants at a football match, he stated that Serbia had refrained from reacting to those incidents solely because it did not want to harm the relations with its neighbour. 

 "The problem is not in the football player who chanted (the pro-Nazi war call) 'For the homeland! Ready,' but in the thousands who chanted back. That is not appropriate behaviour either for a member of the EU or in terms of good relations with neighbours. If some think we should not build good relations with neighbours or that we should have the Berlin wall instead of open borders, that they should say so," he underscored. 

 Serbia maintains principled stance on Dayton Accord Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said on the 18th anniversary of the initialing of the Dayton Accord on Thursday that the agreement brought peace to Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) and Serbia, as a signatory and guarantor of the Dayton Accord, has taken up a quite principles stance on it. “We respect the territorial integrity of Bosnia-Herzegovina and also believe that no changes can be made to the Dayton Accord without the consent and decisions of all three peoples and two entities” in BiH, Dacic said. Dacic told reporters in the Serbian parliament that there would be no Republika Srpska (RS) without the Dayton Accord and that many senior officials in Republika Srpska (RS) were against the document before its adoption in Dayton (USA) in 1995. Today they all keep to the agreement, which proves that politicians should think several steps ahead, Dacic said. Photo Tanjug/Danilo Peternek

No comments:

Post a Comment