Nikolić ends hunger strike during "Easter summit"

BELGRADE -- The Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Patriarchate in Belgrade today hosted a "political summit", after the Easter ceremonies, said reports.

Easter ceremonies in Belgrade (Tanjug)
Easter ceremonies in Belgrade (Tanjug)

After the morning liturgy, representatives of the ruling and opposition parties headed to the Patriarchate where they met with SPC head Irinej.

Ruling Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) leader and the country's deputy PM and Interior Minister Ivica Dačić, his party colleague and Diaspora Minister Srđan Srećković, and opposition Serb Progressive Party (SNS) leader Tomislav Nikolić all attend.

Nikolić also had an easter egg and thus ended his hunger strike, started on April 16 in a bid to force early elections in Serbia.

SNS official Vladimir Božović announced the end of the strike, but refused to answer when reporters asked if political issues were discussed at the meeting.

Although Nikolić's party deputy Aleksandar Vučić previously stated that SNS officials would "turn their head the other way when they meet representatives of the government even in a theater", the first meeting between the two sides took place soon after Nikolić left hospital.

Srđan Srećković, however, claimed that the meeting on Sunday did not touch on politics.

"Today is a great Christian holiday, a time when we all must show forgiveness, unity and spend this great day in the circle of our families," the minister said, speaking at the Patriarchate building.