Jeremić says UNGA vote was "referendum on Serbia"

Newly elected UN General Assembly President Vuk Jeremić has said that voting in the UN on Friday was some kind of a referendum on Serbia.

Source: Beta

“We had an active, positive campaign, we talked why it would be good for Serbia to chair (the UNGA). And our rivals the Lithuanians decided that Serbia would be in the center of the attention and they explained why it should not be the presiding country,” he told Radio Television of Serbia (RTS).

Jeremić rejected allegations that Serbia could face problems in the EU integration due to the fact that his opponent was Dalius Cekuolis from Lithuania that is an EU member state.

“We finished the voting with eight votes from the EU and that is a very good result from someone who is not a member of the EU,” he said and added that the EU votes had decided the vote.

Jeremić also pointed out that some very influential EU member states had voted for Serbia.

When asked to comment on the assessment that Russia and Serbia had “outplayed” the EU member states and the U.S., he said that Moscow’s support to Serbia in the UN was not surprising.

“This was a great diplomatic game, like some kind of a world championship finals. Russia strongly supported Serbia but it is not a surprise since Russia has been supporting us in all issues in the UN,” Jeremić explained.

99 delegates voted for Jeremić and 85 for Cekuolis on Friday.

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