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Nikolic: I am willing to spearhead the fight for Kosovo

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 18:17 -- MRS

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said that he is willing to assume a historical responsibility and spearhead the fight for Kosovo and Metohija. The President announced that he will gather everybody who means something in the country in order to reach the negotiations platform based on the Constitution and interests of the citizens of Serbia, and he will invite both EU and the UN to be involved in these activities. Only then we can start the negotiations, he stated for the Belgrade Vecernje Novosti Daily. He also pointed out that Serbia should have initiative in the negotiations, unlike so far, as he said, when the delegation went to Brussels to agree with this or that. The Serbian president underlined that the self-proclaimed state of Kosovo will not be allowed to become a UN member and announced that he will propose solutions for Kosovo that have already been implemented, such as the status of Germans in Belgium or the example of South Tyrol. Nikolic says there are solutions to Kosovo problem that could be under Serbian sovereignty and acceptable to the Kosovo Albanians, reminding that we should not forget UN SC Resolution 1244, which guarantees that in a few years Serbian civilian authorities are to regain control of Kosovo air space, and that the document includes the return of Serbian customs and police officers, who would protect Serbian cultural heritage in Kosovo and Metohija.

Nikolic added that Brussels cannot set good-neighborly relations with Kosovo institutions and closing down of institutions in the north of the province as conditions for Serbia's EU membership, as this condition has not been set by Spain, Greece, Romania, Slovakia, and Cyprus, the EU member states that have not recognized the self-proclaimed independence Kosovo. When asked whether Serbia could turn to Russia and other allies if the recognition of Kosovo were made a formal condition of Serbia’s EU accession, Nikolic pointed out the state must always ensure that the people live well. This means we will be looking for other roads, which we have also kept open so far. The EU is our top choice, but not our only option, said the President. Asked what he would do as the commander in chief of the Serbian Armed Forces if leader of the Kosovo Albanians Hashim Thaci were to invade northern Kosovo, Nikolic responded with a question: "If someone invaded northern Kosovo, would they not consider that Serbia could use force to win Kosovo back? Who decides when force is justified and when it is not," Nikolic asked adding that the modern world should not idly watch violence against the Serbs in the north of Kosovo and Metohija.