"What was done to Serbia is violation of international law"

Ivica Dacic on Tuesday pointed to EU double standards in interpreting the referendum in Catalonia and the unilateral declaration of independence of Kosovo.

Source: B92, RTS
(Tanjug, file)
(Tanjug, file)

Speaking for RTS, in remarks carried by the Serbian government, the foreign minister stressed that both cases represented unilateral acts contrary to international law.

Dacic denied the claim made on Monday by European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas that Kosovo was "a specific case" and that this was also a position "adopted by various UN declarations and various resolutions of the UN and the international community."

"Kosovo cannot be a separate and specific case, there have been no resolutions of the UN Security Council. There have been no UN resolutions other than Resolution 1244 that speaks about the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Serbia. What has been done to Serbia is a violation of international law," he stressed.

The first deputy prime minister added that what Serbia had warned the international community about has now happened in Catalonia, and added that this will not be the only example of such separatist tendencies in Europe.

"Everything we are saying about the double standards should by no means be interpreted as an objection to the preservation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Spain. Spain is our great friend and, which, unlike some other EU members, has not recognized the unilaterally declared independence of Kosmet (Kosovo and Metohija)," said Dacic.

He, however, added he did not expect some of those 22 EU member-states that have recognized Kosovo to now change their minds.

"They bombed us because of Kosovo, they will not now say that they had made a mistake. But Pandora's box is open. In the Kosovo case, it was said that unilateral moves are possible, and then you depend on being in great powers' good graces. There is no international law there, that's the policy of force," Dacic said.


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