Vucic wonders if Albanians would like piece of Hungary, too
"An exchange of territory with Kosovo" is out of the question, according to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who spoke on Tuesday.Source: Tanjug
Vucic made this comment after Kosovo president's adviser Rexhep Hoti said on Monday that "a partition of Kosovo is not on the agenda - but if it was then Kosovo should take Sandzak (informal term for Serbia's southwestern region) and a part of southern Serbia."
Vucic reacted to this by asking ironically whether Pristina wanted Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to also "give them Kecskemet (a town in central Hungary)."
"Have they considered Vojvodina at all, Belgrade - Sumadija, that goes without saying... let's ask Orban if he'll give them Kecskemet... what can I say to that, of course I'm joking," the president replied to reporters.
He then warned that there is "the need among a part of Albanians" to form the so-called Green (Muslim) Transversal - "and the north of Kosovo lies in its path: between southern (Kosovska) Mitrovica, Vucitrn, Srbica, on the other side, Ribaric, Novi Pazar and the central part of Serbia, Raska."
"That's why the territory of northern Kosovo bothers them so much," said Vucic, adding that he "cannot always comment on that, because somebody could misunderstand."
"And when I speak about their 'hunger' to occupy the north of Kosovo I always have all these arguments, both Gazivode and Valac, for that need of theirs to maintain that line which they've always insisted on, and no politician can hide it any longer - even if it's no longer about the Albanian question," said Vucic.
"That is what we have seen, what we know and what we feel. And it is something that will not happen," he said.
Asked what would happen if Albanians were to "storm" the north of Kosovo and Metohija, the president replied by saying that he had "posed this question publicly, but received no answer."
All the same, he stressed, it was his job "to do everything to preserve peace, secure stability and guarantee safety to our people in Kosovo and Metohija."
Vucic said that "for the most part we have managed to do that so far, despite numerous organized incidents - because there are no accidental incidents with them."
"Those are fairy-tales, they do that on command and always have, but it still hasn't taken on dramatic proportions - it isn't of small and insignificant proportions either, but it isn't dramatic," he said.
Vucic added that the reason for this was "us managing to conduct a responsible and smart policy."