The Albanian side does not want a solution; Vučić clearly warned: "From tomorrow..."
The President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, addressed the citizens of Serbia this evening.Source: B92
President Vučić told Serbia all the details of today's multi-hour negotiations with the representative of Pristina, Albin Kurti, and the representatives of the EU, Josep Borrell and Miroslav Lajčak.
Vučić said at the very beginning that he was proud of the Serbian delegation because it went to Brussels to preserve peace at all costs.
"I am proud of the fact that the delegation of Serbia came to Brussels to talk and to agree to compromises and not look for flaws. We want to preserve peace and stability and people's lives at all costs. I am not ashamed of that", he said.
He pointed out that there is no mother who would like her child to return to her in a coffin, no sister, no wife would like that. "We realized that it is important to do our best, to accept compromise solutions, because that is something that is important to us. We did our best. At one point, I told the High Representative, Borrell and Lajčak that there would be no agreement.
"I realized that time will pass, and that actually the Albanian side will not want any compromise solution, any postponement of the mistreatment of the Serbs," said the President of Serbia.
Vučić said that Serbia does not have a problem with KS license plates, and that he repeated this on several occasions.
"It is enough that we have a status-neutral KS license plates. However, the other side reacted negatively. The important thing was that I asked for some kind of paper. I said that we can open all topics, but what we have to do is implement what has already been signed. When you say that, you see the whole essence of the problem, they are trying to tell us that maybe one day we will get CSM, but only when we recognize Kosovo in one way or another," he said.
As he stated, around three in the afternoon, they thought they were close to reaching agreement.
"Kosovo should suspend all actions related to re-registration, and Serbia should not issue or renew license plates with places in Kosovo. We have agreed. I have said many times, it is better to talk for 100 years than to clash for one day".
The President of Serbia said that nothing was problematic for Serbia today and that it was obvious that someone else wanted a conflict and was planning it.
"It is no coincidence that this very evening all the police in Pristina were sent to four places... The Serbs know very well that they are not obliged to pay a tribute that has not been signed. There is anger among the Serbian population in the north of Kosovo... I know that a large part of the people are not interested in what I say. We must try to show that we did not want conflicts for even one second, not to use other people's insolence and arrogance to accept conflicts. We must do our best to preserve peace. As far as we are concerned, Serbia will respect what was agreed and will not issue new license plates," said Vučić.
As he says, a difficult period starts tomorrow, he adds that he is worried but that there is no reason to panic.
"We have a difficult period ahead of us from tomorrow, many sleepless nights are ahead of us. We have to be worried, but there is no place to panic".
As he pointed out, the latest intelligence data arrived a while ago.
"The situation is difficult, on the verge of conflict, literally, and I know that the representatives of the Serbs will tell me that they are fed up with everything and that every one of them is ready to die, but they must know that every life is more important to us than anything else. And that they must understand".
Vučić once again asked the international community, which has an influence on Pristina, to use it against Kurti and the others and help us all preserve peace together.
The President of Serbia pointed out that he is grateful to the EU representatives for having the patience to talk for seven or eight hours.
"Even when the Albanians had wishes, we said that there is no problem just to implement what was signed before. They say: 'Well, that was signed by the former government'. I feel like tearing my hair out. Imagine if I said: 'Well that was signed by Borko Stefanović".
He once again emphasized that despite all his concerns, he will do everything he can. He explained that Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija are fed up with everything.
"Serbia will be very committed to peace. We will carefully make decisions about our every move. I want to say to the people of Kosovo and Metohija that we will do our best to keep them safe, but if someone thinks that they can carry out the expulsion of our people, killing and wounding of our people, I want to repeat that we will be with our Serbian people and will not leave them in the lurch. We will preserve peace and stability, but the Serbian people must know that they have their Serbian state behind them in accordance with the UN Charter, Resolution 1244 and all what Western partners refer to when they talk about Ukraine," said Vučić.
He added that Serbia is always ready for talks and will always be ready. As he says, he will do his best to avoid a disaster.
"When it comes to Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija, they are gathering, I invited them to come to Belgrade, tonight I will meet with them. My message to them is that whatever they do and however they do, they must do it in a non-violent and peaceful way. To demonstrate willpower and not weapons. Everything Pristina is doing is illegal and they have no right to anything they are doing. It's as if someone told them they have to provoke a conflict. That's why it's up to us to think about the people on both sides," he said.
He added that he hopes that his calm tone will not be interpreted as weakness and a green light to acting against the Serbs. As he said, that would be a wrong interpretation and he pointed out that his main message to Serbs is to try to preserve peace, not to be guilty of causing conflict.
"The Serbs are fed up with all this. These are people who were criminalized every day. All the others who would destroy the Serbian people, who would pack them up and return them to Serbia, were celebrated and praised, only those who were with their people, Petković , Rakić, were criminalized. These are our sisters and brothers, I will talk to them all night and morning," said Vučić.
The President of Serbia met today in Brussels with the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, in order to resolve the crisis caused by the decision of the Pristina authorities to start charging fines for Serbs who refuse to re-register vehicles with "KM" license plates.