President "wouldn't sign inter-state agreement"
Tomislav Nikolić has said that he would refuse to sign "an inter-state agreement" between Belgrade and Priština, "even if the Serbian parliament approved it."Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti
In an interview for the New Year issue of the Belgrade-based daily Večernje Novosti, Nikolić stated that a possible signing of "some inter-state agreement between Belgrade and Priština" would not only cause a political crisis, but that would also be the crisis of Serbia.
"If Brussels has some additional requirements, it would be good that it goes public with them immediately, so that we know that now, and not at the end of this difficult and painstaking journey of ours. I am sure that there is no policy of accepting the establishment of diplomatic relations with Kosovo that would win a majority in elections," Nikolić says.
The Serbian president denies that the community of Serb municipalities is just another name for Serbs' autonomy within the independent state of Kosovo, but stresses that it constitutes the definition of the autonomy of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija.
Taking into account that Belgrade will never recognize the independence of Kosovo and Metohija, this is a lower level of autonomy, Nikolić said, adding that "it will be up to Serbia to decide on the essential autonomy for the province."
"I am convinced that Vučić, Dačić and I will find a solution that maybe will not fully satisfy all, but which we will able to back completely. However, all must have in mind that any solution for Kosovo will be a painful one," the Serbian president noted.
Nikolić added that he was "inclined to believe" that there will be early parliamentary elections next year, but stresses that this will depend on an assessment made by leader of the Serb Progressive Party (SNS) Aleksandar Vučić.
He denied he had differences with Aleksandar Vučić, but noted that "the party no longer protects his associates and employees in his cabinet," and mentioned adviser Oliver Antić as an example.
Nikolić also stressed that he "received open threats and that BIA was informed about this," and commented on the Hague case against Serb Radical Party (SRS) leader Vojislav Šešelj by saying it was "in a way, also a tragedy of Serbia."