Vucic: I'm convinced there'll be no war
Speaking about tensions in Kosovo and Metohija after introduction of 100% taxes on goods from Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic says he's convinced there will be no war.Source: B92
"I do not like to even use that word, it seems to me that people in Pristina today don't understand the scope of the disaster they can cause, and I plead with them try to understand that," the president told TV Pink, and added:
"We are in a situation not to play chess with someone who has the help of ten onlookers, but we need to think about whether one of them will get up and hit both us and them on the head with the board. When you have such an unpredictable opponent, then that is definitely a problem. "
He added that he hopes Serbia will preserve peace.
"I hope that we will succeed in preserving peace. Serbia will do its best, I am convinced that we will have peace, that there will be no war, but we will not allow a pogrom of our people to occur, wherever they may live," the Serbian president stressed.
Vucic also said that he will speak on the phone today at noon with NATO's chief, and stressed that "it's up to us to establish communication with NATO, because they undertook the obligation that there would be no army in the north of Kosovo, except under two cumulative conditions - that both NATO and the local community, i.e., the Serbs, agree to it, and that will certainly not happen."
"I also think that Jens Stoltenberg's message was good and I hope they will understand that in Pristina. It seems to me many people are trying to make them see reason," Vucic said, and added it was very important that the international community also understands who wants peace.
The mistakes we have made in terms of KiM (Kosovo and Metohija) and wrong political decisions cost us a lot, said Vucic
He pointed out that there are between five and six percent Serbs in KiM, and two percent south of the Ibar River, "for which we are guilty ourselves, because of everything that was done in 1999, and especially after 2000."
"Because we did not fight for the people of Kosovo, we brought resolutions ourselves and proposed decisions to the International Court of Justice, kept silence to the decisions of the Albanians, we expelled ourselves from the UN (when it comes to the Kosovo negotiations), we agreed to set the boundaries between Leposavic and Raska," Vucic said, referring to activities of the authorities preceding those led by his party.
As he remarked, "these mistakes people must understand, because mistakes and bad political decisions are always paid in a historical sense."
"Thus, Germany cannot today ask for Kaliningrad, which was German, as was Strasbourg, synonymous with Goethe, today in France," the president said.
"Mistakes will cost us dearly sooner or later. They cost us already today. I'm not announcing anything bad, I'm just talking realistically and objectively," Vucic said.
He said that for the first time "we came into a position to fight for more than we have, but the people said they don't want it, so now we will labor."