"Change of government could lead to hell"
BELGRADE -- Commenting on a European parliament resolution on Vojislav Šešelj, Tomislav Nikolić said the EP allowed Croatia to "instrumentalize it for election purposes."
The Serbian president also asked whether the goal of the Hague Tribunal (ICTY) was a change of government in Serbia, stating that it would be "unfair of the authorities to submit a resignation to citizens, as they would be replaced by someone much worse."
"That could lead Serbia to hell," he said, and added:
"As for the Hague Tribunal, the question is, what is the ultimate goal of their circus show and their mentors and clowns? What do they wish to achieve? A change of government? Well isn't it citizens who decide in elections, in democratic societies?"
The Serbian president said that "while unfair toward citizens," leaving power "would "probably be easier to most cabinet members."
"Who would replace them? Those who have been proven to be worse, I dare say worse people, but very susceptible to manipulation. Serbia would go back to hell where they would easily take away what it vowed to never give away to anyone," Nikolić said.
The president pointed out that Serbia has a policy of peace and stability aimed at ensuring that its citizens "live better from their own work."
"It is committed to the civilized legacy and finds any warmongering rhetoric unacceptable, whether it comes from Serbia, Croatia, Albania, anywhere. We do not need to be reminded by those who have not solved that problem in their own backyard," said Nikolić.
He pointed out that the EP adopted a resolution which refers to Serbia, and that Serbia was not been given an opportunity "to at least present its stance."
"Unfortunately, the European parliament is not changing the attitude towards Serbia even now, when it has admitted that the Serbian state with its reforms earned the commencement of the (EU membership) negotiation process," said Nikolić
He pointed out that the European parliament "should be aware how much effort is invested by Serbia to stabilize the very fragile relations with Croatia and solve many open issues in mutual interest."
According to him, MEPs "remained silent in the face of destruction of Cyrillic plates in Slavonia, Croatia, and of explicit hate speech against Serbs at events commemorating anniversaries of the criminal Operation Storm, which have been held for over ten years, or the holding of public concerts featuring music that is very popular in Croatia and whose lyrics openly urge extermination of Serbs."
The EP also "showed no appreciation of the fact that Serbia did not block Croatia's European path, which it could have done due to the many issues related to the rule of law and human rights and freedoms and due to the unsolved issues of the expelled Serbs' return and property rights, he added.
"Even now, a destabilization of the region is not in the interest of Serbia or the Balkan countries, but it is neither in Europe's interest," Nikolić noted.
Even though there is no doubt that the situation in Serbia is very difficult and that poverty has become widespread, the citizens of Serbia are not full of hatred for their neighbors, but preoccupied by problems, bearing the large burden of reforms aimed at creating legal certainty, economic progress and a better future overall, the president said
"The fact that I disagree with the adoption of the EP resolution does not mean that it imposes any kind of obligation on Serbia - it just shows what kind of thing we could experience in the future", Nikolić said.
petak 28.11.2014 | 16:06 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- Democratic Party (DS) official Veljko Krstonošić said on Friday that the arrest of Borislav Novaković was "a political act."
petak 28.11.2014 | 13:14 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
SANTIAGO DE CHILE -- Chile and Serbia are traditional friends and Serbia will devote a lot of its attention to fostering and rebuilding old friendships, says Ivica Dačić.
petak 28.11.2014 | 12:11 | Source: Blic | Comments: (11) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Agim Ceku's announcement that Kosovo will soon have its army "is doomed to fail" - as it requires a law that will not be supported by Serb representatives.
petak 28.11.2014 | 12:02 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Belgrade city assembly on Friday declared Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang a honorary citizen of the Serbian capital.
četvrtak 27.11.2014 | 16:54 | Source: B92 | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The EP resolution passed on Thursday is "offensive and disturbing, motivated by either hypocrisy or a desire to harm Serbia," says Aleksandar Vučić.
četvrtak 27.11.2014 | 14:23 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
STRASBOURG -- Member of the European parliament Tanja Fajon has joined Eduard Kukan in the condemnation of the resolution on Vojislav Šešelj adopted in the EP.
četvrtak 27.11.2014 | 14:04 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
STRASBOURG -- The European parliament (EP) passed on Thursday a non-biding resolution on leader of the Serb Radical Party (SRS) Vojislav Šešelj after a one-hour debate.
četvrtak 27.11.2014 | 12:26 | Source: B92 | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Foreign policy analyst Boško Jakšić says Vojislav Šešelj "does not deserve a European parliament resolution, nor a declaration of the Croatian parliament."
četvrtak 27.11.2014 | 12:13 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BUENOS AIRES -- Serbian First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić says Argentina and Serbia are linked by friendly relations.
četvrtak 27.11.2014 | 10:10 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
PARIS -- France views Serbia’s EU membership as one of its priorities, says Harlem Desir, state secretary for European affairs at the French Foreign Ministry.
četvrtak 27.11.2014 | 10:02 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Status neutrality of EULEX is an imperative for the government of Serbia, Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Đurić has said.
četvrtak 27.11.2014 | 09:22 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The forthcoming visit of Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić to Israel will be a historic one, Israeli Ambassador in Serbia Yossef Levy stated on Wednesday.
sreda 26.11.2014 | 16:06 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić said on Wednesday that the EU "is not and cannot be a bogeyman for Orthodox nations."
sreda 26.11.2014 | 15:23 | Source: Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Nebojša Stefanović says the police have determined "irrefutably" that the ID card of Andrej Vučić, the brother of PM Aleksandar Vučić, was a forgery.
sreda 26.11.2014 | 15:09 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- This year's General Assembly of the of Southeast Europe Police Chiefs Association (SEPCA) was held in Belgrade on Wednesday.
sreda 26.11.2014 | 14:25 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (38) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Agim Ceku, who heads the Ministry for the Kosovo Security Force in the outgoing government in Priština, has stated that "Kosovo will soon get its army ."
sreda 26.11.2014 | 12:47 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Hungarian army chief Tibor Benko says the number of Hungarian soldiers in Kosovo and Bosnia would increase as the forces withdraw from Afghanistan.
sreda 26.11.2014 | 12:02 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian parliament on Tuesday adopted a law on protection of whistleblowers protection.
sreda 26.11.2014 | 10:44 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BUENOS AIRES -- Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić has received "The Guest of Honor of the City of Buenos Aires" award on the first day of his visit to Argentina.
utorak 25.11.2014 | 16:52 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
KRUŠEVAC -- Aleksandar Vučić says it would not have been possible for companies take loans without collateral from state-run banks "without the help of some politicians."
utorak 25.11.2014 | 16:11 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Turkish police have set up two special teams to find the killer of Red Star Belgrade supporter Marko Ivković, Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala has said.
utorak 25.11.2014 | 16:06 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Milovan Drecun stated on Tuesday that he has been subjected to "a brutal campaign of pressure and threats by the War Crime Prosecutor's Office."
utorak 25.11.2014 | 15:11 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Chapter 23 of the accession talks with the EU should be among the first Serbia will open, a gathering organized by Transparency Serbia has concluded.
utorak 25.11.2014 | 13:10 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić has congratulated Milorad Dodik on his reelection as president of the Serb Republic (RS) entity.
utorak 25.11.2014 | 11:04 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Jadranka Joksimović is on a three-day visit to France where she will confer with French officials over the process of EU integration and reforms in Serbia.
utorak 25.11.2014 | 09:39 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (25) | Send comment
STRASBOURG -- The European parliament strongly condemns Vojislav Šešelj's hate speech and invites Serbian authorities to resolutely distance themselves from his statements.
ponedeljak 24.11.2014 | 16:14 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić will begin his four-day South American tour on Tuesday, during which he will visit Argentina and Chile.
ponedeljak 24.11.2014 | 14:26 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (22) | Send comment
ABU DHABI -- Serbia has neglected its old friendships for some time, but now these friendships are being renewed and strengthened, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić says.
ponedeljak 24.11.2014 | 13:36 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- MPs completed on Monday a debate on a bill on the employment of foreigners after two hours, to which all parliamentary parties signaled support.
ponedeljak 24.11.2014 | 12:37 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The military exercise Platinum Wolf 2015 is underway in the Serbian Army (VS) Base Jug ("South") near the town of Bujanovac, in southern Serbia.
ponedeljak 24.11.2014 | 10:21 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- "No one can order Serbia how to behave, telling it on whom, when and how to impose sanctions," Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić said on Saturday.
ponedeljak 24.11.2014 | 10:03 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Vojislav Šešelj is "a hot topic" in Croatia because of the election campaign there, Ivica Dačić has said.
ponedeljak 24.11.2014 | 09:49 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia understands well its obligations in the EU integration process and will continue to harmonize its positions with the EU.