President comments on possible international conference

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has stressed that it was "not important where an international conference on finding a solution for Kosovo would be held."

Source: Tanjug, O2
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Vucic is seen visiting the Military Gymnasium in Belgrade, where he spoke with reporters (Tanjug)
Vucic is seen visiting the Military Gymnasium in Belgrade, where he spoke with reporters (Tanjug)

What matters instead is "the content of the proposal," the Serbian president said on Sunday, after reports emerged about the possibility of organizing a "Rambouillet 2" - the name being a reference to the Rambouillet, France conference that preceded NATO's bombing of Serbia in 1999.

"I am interested in the essence and the outcome. Whether there is a conference in a ballroom or in an ordinary hall, outside in the street, it's all the same to me. We want to see a solution, one that Serbia wants and can accept, that saves face, does not make it feel humiliated, lets it know that there is a future, and above all that future is guaranteed to Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, along with peace and security, but also to protect Serbia's interests. When we see that, they can schedule a conference wherever they like, in Los Angeles or Tokyo, or anywhere else," he stressed.

Vucic said that he was not satisfied with the ideas he has received so far.

"So I didn't make any public comments. I had enough courage to refuse them in conversation with my interlocutors," he explained.

When reporters said that Germany will have a more hard-line position on an "exchange of territory" than the US, Vucic said he "does not comment on the views of individual countries."

"I know how many difficult conversations I've had with the Americans and the Germans, and it will not get any easier in the future," he said.

Vucic expressed his belief that there will be much pressure on our country and people in the coming period, "because they know that the essence lies in Serbia's decision."

"We will be under great pressure. Those who want different ways to break Serbia will try to do it internally, to weaken our negotiating position, to show what they are capable of doing," he explained.

As Vucic said, as long as the Serbian government and the president are strong, it is difficult to exert such great influence or any significant pressure on the decisions the country can make.

"It is therefore important to exert constant pressure. That is why we've heard stories that Serbia will be the next country in which a journalist would be killed. And since, journalists have been killed in five other countries. In our country, the most serious attack on journalists was the assault on Pink (TV) reporters Goradna Uzelac and Mara Dragovic, and they were attacked by (opposition) Dveri and other organizations' thugs. It was one in a series of millions of lies spilled on a daily basis, just to reduce the reputation of Serbia in the world," Vucic said.

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