Vučić: After 10 years, a tough decision to leave Kosovo institutions was made
President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, addressed the nation tonight, for the first time since the beginning of the crisis in Kosovo and MetohijaSource: B92
At the very beginning, Vučić said that the world faces major political changes.
"We are talking about major political, almost tectonic changes. After 10 years, the Serbs made the decision to leave Pristina's institutions," Vučić reminded.
He says that the stories that they did it "on the order of Belgrade" are meaningless, but those who say that do not want to see what the Serbs want and what kind of problems they are facing.
Vučić pointed out that it is important for people to know what we went through in the previous decades and in the past few months. "In 1999, we practically lost sovereignty over Kosovo and Metohija, and in 2004, the pogrom started, and in 2008, Kosovo declared independence.
He recalled the "standards before status" policy, after which the murders of Serbs followed, and then the Albanians were rewarded by the West with the recognition of unilaterally declared independence. He pointed out that we started difficult negotiations in 2012, 2013.
"It is difficult to compare them with the ones in 1998 and 1999, when they were bigger and more difficult because the consequences were bigger and more difficult. But since then, these have been the biggest and the most difficult. With the Brussels agreement, we bought 10 years of peace. We have the fastest growth in region," he said.
"There could have been bloodshed"
President of Serbia said that the Serbs wanted to leave the institutions every time Pristina did something.
"I advised them not to do that and they listened to me, because I was always with the people. They trusted me. I prevented them at least 20 times. Then came June and the first incident. This is the first time I'm talking about it, that night could have ended with great, unprecedented bloodshed. The Albanians were preparing it, the Serbs did not want to back down," he said.
As he says, he begged the Serbs to move roadblocks. "After 11 hours they told me that they will do it because I ask them, otherwise they wouldn't do it. I went to Brussels in August, I know we have to achieve something, I can't leave people having to come with visas, because there is no end to the madness in Pristina. At the same time, all this was supported by two great powers", he said.
He said that there was great panic, and that it was expected that there would be chaos in 10 days.
"Then came our proposal that the Albanians cannot refuse. At that moment, international representatives come to my hotel and ask if I can give then guarantees. I tell them that my word means more than someone's oath. One American and one European representative tell me that I'll see to it, and they'll make Kurti give up the plates for a year."
He said that Serbs with Kosovo and Metohija had doubts after his pleas to accept an agreement with Pristina on identity documents.
"That day in Berlin, in order to humiliate us, Kurti made a statement regarding the CSM, that it would never happen. And then he said that as for license plates, it is going in phases. The representatives of Quint countries deceive the public when they say that they have the right to confiscate license plates. They are referring to the wrong article in the agreement. They know, but they are playing dumb. They must not mention it, because for them Kosovo is an independent state. Then, they replaced Nenad Djurić although they have no right to do that", President concluded.
Three key reasons
The President of Serbia said that three key things happened, because of which the Serbs will no longer put up with it:
- The Community of Serbian Municipalities was not formed
- License plates
- Replacement of Nenad Djurić
He pointed out that the decision to leave the institutions is very difficult.