DSS: EU deal signature, seal of Judas
Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug
BELGRADE -- The caretaker government is deeply divided in its reactions to the signing of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA).
The former coalition partners: Koštunica, Tadić (Beta, archive)
While the ministers from the Democratic Party (DS), along with party leader and Serbian President Boris Tadić were preparing to sign the document, Prime Minister Vojislav Koštunica's Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) used strong words to condemn the move.
While Tadić insists the deal will not jeopardize Serbia's territorial integrity and sovereignty, and is in essence a trade agreement, Koštunica says the signing will be tantamount to Belgrade's recognition of Kosovo's secession.
He today reacted to the news by saying that "Tadić, with his signature to Solana's agreement, will not bring shame on Serbia, but only on himself", and added that the new cabinet and parliament will swiftly annul the deal signed today in Luxembourg.
According to Koštunica, the signature is "an anti-constitutional and anti-state act, and therefore illegal and utterly illegitimate".
"We are saying to NATO and all the EU state that have recognized Kosovo: this illegal signature by Tadić should not be interpreted as Serbia's signature for Kosovo's independence," the prime minister said in a statement for Tanjug.
Earlier, DSS spokesman Andreja Mladenović said in a statement sent to Tanjug that regardless of Tadić's plans to sign what he referred to as the Solana Agreement, Serbia will never accept this signature, and that the new parliament and government set to be elected in under two weeks' time, will annul it.
"We are sending a message to Boris Tadić that his signature is not the signature of Serbia. He is in fact putting a seal of Judas of his party coalition to the Solana Agreement," Mladenović said.
Yesterday, he told B92 that should the Democrats decide to sign the SAA with the EU, Tadić will face procedure to determine whether he violated the Serbian constitution.
Kosovo has no price, while the EU, by sending its mission there, is indirectly trying to create a new state on Serbian territory, he said.
"Did the EU ask Serbia to recognize Kosovo's independence? No, it did not. But if the Slovenian foreign minister, who presides over the Council of Ministers, and the future chairman Mr. Kouchner says so in a letter, if Mr. Rehn, who is in charge of enlargement, says Serbia will have to develop good neighborly relations with Kosovo, what does that mean?"
"We must react now, two years down the line will be too late – it will be a state, they will create a state down there," Mladenović said.
His party colleague and education minister, Zoran Lončar, also reacted today by saying that Tadić "could be brought to answer" for the anti-constitutional signing of the deal.
"Tadić can sign whatever he likes with Solana, but that signature will bind only Tadić, Čanak and G17. We reject with contempt this seal of Judas Tadić has placed on Solana's paper. Solana will not rule Serbia, nor will NATO and their boys Tadić, Čanak and Dinkić," Lončar said.
Strongly worded criticism was also heard from the largest opposition party, the Serb Radicals (SRS).
Deputy president Dragan Todorović said today that Tadić will be called to face charges of violating Serbia's constitution if he signs the SAA with the EU.
"The new parliament, once it convenes after May 11, will initiate proceedings for Tadić's recall, because he violated the constitution and betrayed Serbia,” Todorović said in an interview with Tanjug.
He compared the signing of the SAA with that of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia's failed Axis Pact, signed ahead of the Second World War:
“This will not be the first time that such an agreement is made. A similar agreement was signed on March 27, 1941, and the people had their say afterwards,” Todorović said.
But Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić, DS, sees things differently. He said today the signing of the SAA represents a historical act and a diplomatic victory, pointing out at the same time that the document's implementation is closely linked to the forthcoming Serbian elections.
"The EU has reached a decision on signing, and the people of Serbia will decide in the May 11 elections whether they want the SAA to be fully implemented," he was quoted as saying in Luxembourg.
"After a long night and negotiations, we have made a diplomatic breakthrough," Jeremić said, and added, "I am very pleased with the fact that the SAA will be signed."
"From today on, the path towards Serbia's full EU integration is irreversible," the minister added.
When asked whether he found the agreement void since it would not be possible to implement it until full cooperation with the Hague Tribunal has been achieved, Jeremić answered that he did not.
"The implementation of the SAA is closely linked to the May 11 elections," he said.
In case that Serbia gets a pro-European government, we will very soon be in a position to fully realize our cooperation with the Hague Tribunal," Jeremić concluded.
Meanwhile, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Čedomir Jovanović said that the offer for signing the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union is "great news".
“I am glad that the readiness of Europe to help has been confirmed and the understanding it has for our people, even if they do not have such understanding for politicians in Serbia,” he said during a trip to Sarajevo.
“We will do everything we can to help the president and protect him from pressures which he will face for protecting the interests and the future of our society. We have all done so much in order for something like this to happen that I think no one has the right to take responsibility,” Jovanović was quoted as saying.
"We have said this before, let Đelić sign this agreement every day, and we will be happy."
“This makes Serbia a normal country, and our future better than our past. Every step closer to Europe is a step further from the problems which are destroying the lives of millions of people. The policies of Koštunica and the Radicals are policies of parties that are destroying their country, and they are policies which we cannot have an understanding for, and which we cannot compromise with,” Jovanović said.
utorak 29.04.2008 | 20:28 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
LUXEMBOURG -- EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said in Luxembourg Tuesday that the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) is "neutral regarding Kosovo's status".
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BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Vojislav Koštunica today strongly opposed announced signing of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA).
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PRIŠTINA -- A special four-man team of UN investigators will today begin looking into the circumstances and events that led to the violence in northern Kosovo on March 17.
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MOSCOW -- Over 1000 protestors, mainly young people, gathered in Moscow for a rally of support for Serbia, calling on Russia to send its army to Kosovo to protect the Serbs.
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BELGRADE -- A coalition of ethnic Albanian parties from the south last nigh submitted its election list to the Electoral Commission, RIK, in Belgrade.
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BELGRADE -- Japanese Ambassador to Serbia Tadashi Nagai called on authorities to send back Serbia's ambassador to his country.
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VIENNA -- The EU mission to Kosovo could strengthen the EU segment of the existing UN mission there, Dmitrij Rupel says.
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PRIŠTINA -- Joachim Ruecker said last night that UNMIK was against the holding of local elections in Kosovo on May 11.
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VIENNA -- The United Nations will continue to work within its mandate in Kosovo, under Resolution 1244, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Vienna Friday.
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PRIZREN -- Kosovo's President Fatmir Sejdiu reacted in Prizren today to announcements that Boris Tadić will visit the province this weekend.
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SENTA -- An ethic Hungarian party expects to become a decisive force in the municipalities with a Hungarian majority, reports say.
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BELGRADE -- The number of Serbian voters registered abroad has reached 52,000 for the forthcoming parliamentary elections due on May 11.
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Zaječar -- Serb Radical Party (SRS) Deputy President Tomislav Nikolić urged Thursday the Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) to decide with which party it will form a coalition.
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BELGRADE -- Deputy Democratic Party (DS) leader Dušan Petrović says that "anyone who supports European integration and denfese of Kosovo is welcome in the next government."
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ROME -- Outgoing Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema says he is "very much concerned over the Balkans' stability".
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PRIŠTINA, ROME -- Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci says that Kosovo enjoys great support inside the UN.
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BELGRADE -- According to a CeSID opinion poll, the Serb Radical Party (SRS) will gain the most votes—some 1.48 million—at the May 11 elections.
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OUAGADOUGOU -- Burkina Faso today recognized Kosovo’s unilateral independence, agencies report.
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Sombor -- SRS deputy leader Tomislav Nikolić says his party could cooperate with minority parties, even those from the defunct Democratic Opposition of Serbia (DOS).
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ŠABAC -- President and Democratic Party (DS) leader Boris Tadić says that only policies directed at young people can guarantee Serbia’s future.
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BRUSSELS -- The International Crisis Group has warned the U.S. and EU that their open support for pro-Western politicians in Serbia may backfire at the ballot box.
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NIŠ -- DSS-NS coalition leader Vojislav Koštunica says that signing the SAA would mean that Serbia recognized Kosovo's unilateral independence.
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WASHINGTON -- NATO will continue its mission in Kosovo because it is “of key importance, not only for the Alliance but also for the UN and EU,” says a top U.S.. official.
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BELGRADE -- The Dutch parliament’s foreign policy committee will today decide if it is possible for that country to change its position on signing the SAA with Serbia.
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PRIŠTINA -- UNMIK Chief Joachim Ruecker’s resignation could be a “matter of days,” the Italian ANSA agency understands from UNMIK sources in Priština.
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PRIŠTINA -- Maj.-Gen. Raul Cunha, UNMIK's Chief Military Liaison Officer, has criticized the “incoherence of the Western international community” in Kosovo.
sreda 23.04.2008 | 19:28 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The EU believes that Bosnia signing the SAA would give a positive signal to the pro-European forces in Serbia ahead of May 11.
sreda 23.04.2008 | 16:52 | Source: Beta | Comments: (9) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu says that NATO will remain in Kosovo, and that the province’s security forces will be formed according to NATO criteria.
sreda 23.04.2008 | 16:38 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE, NEW YORK -- The UN office in Belgrade is in talks with the Serbian authorities over the future cooperation with UNMIK, it has been confirmed.
sreda 23.04.2008 | 16:36 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (17) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Olli Rehn says that Serbia should try and establish good neighborly relations with Kosovo, and that it has European prospects.
sreda 23.04.2008 | 16:23 | Source: FoNet, Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
MADRID -- The upcoming elections are historic, but whichever party emerges triumphant, policy on Kosovo will not change, says Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić.
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BELGRADE -- Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO) leader Vuk Drašković says that Serbia is doomed if it does not choose the European path at the next elections.
sreda 23.04.2008 | 13:31 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Deputy PM Božidar Đelić and the European Commissioner (EC) for regional development have signed a joint statement on cooperation in that field in Kragujevac.
sreda 23.04.2008 | 12:20 | Source: B92 | Comments: (38) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Boris Tadić’s cabinet denies that he shook hands or spoke with Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci at the recent UN Security Council session.
sreda 23.04.2008 | 12:14 | Source: Beta | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The European Commission (EC) and the EU’s expert bodies have got to work on a "roadmap" of measures for scrapping the visa regime for Serbian citizens.
sreda 23.04.2008 | 11:42 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The DSS deputy leader says his party will form coalitions with all parties that support EU integration, with the proviso that Kosovo remains a constituent part of Serbia.
sreda 23.04.2008 | 10:44 | Source: B92 | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Spanish government says it will try to neutralize the opposition of certain EU member-states to signing the SAA with Serbia.
sreda 23.04.2008 | 10:01 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (20) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. opposes Serbian local elections being held in Kosovo on May 11, says State Department spokesman Tom Casey.
sreda 23.04.2008 | 09:30 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Mlađan Dinkić says cooperation with the DSS-NS is only possible at municipal level, while a government is possible “in the distant future.”