Serbian military brass warns against "any coup attempts"
Serbia's top military officials met on Tuesday in Belgrade for a session of the Collegium of the Minister of Defense and the Chief of the General Staff.Source: Tanjug
According to announcements before the meeting, they discussed security situation in the country and its surroundings.
The Serbian Army will not allow any attempts at a coup and warns that anyone announcing and demanding a coup should be held responsible in line with the law, a statement issued after the meeting said.
"The Serbian Army's message to everyone, in the country and abroad, is that it is not and will not be the means for overthrowing the legal and legitimate authorities in the Republic of Serbia and for violently destroying the constitutional order," the statement said.
It added that the army is equipped and ready to carry out every order of its supreme commander (Serbia's president) and to preserve peace and stability.
The statement further points out that the security challenges caused by Pristina's taxes on goods from central Serbia, "and the formation of a paramilitary force" in Kosovo and Metohija have resulted in the Serbian Army closely monitoring any developments that may cause unrest among the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, and once again reminds KFOR and the international community as a whole that they are in above all responsible for peace and security of everyone who lives in Kosovo and Metohija.
The Ministry of Defense and the Army of Serbia assess that the material status of their members has been improved, and they thank the supreme commander for the persistent and dedicated work to further improve the material position of all members of the army and the ministry, as well as to accelerate the modernization and strengthening of the Serbian Army.