Serbia: Dacic sees Pristina as the source of the problems

Serbia: Dacic sees Pristina as the source of the problems

Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) leader Ivica Dacic reiterated in a televised interview today that he was in the middle of negotiations with SNS President Aleksandar Vucic for a joint descent, adding that despite the decision they have made, the SPS was already preparing for the summit.

“We are talking constantly; but there is still time, because the elections have not been announced yet”, Dacic told Prva television.

He stated that whether he would be heading to the polls alone or in coalition with the SNS constituted a technical matter, a matter of political judgment, depending on which decision was the best.

“We have no political problems with SNS; whether we want to cooperate or not is just a matter of political evaluation of what is best and what is most useful, not only for us but also for the political scene in Serbia, and not just to enter the Parliament”, Dacic noted.

During his interview he also touched upon the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, saying that he regarded the ruling by the BiH Constitutional Court over the registration of the Serbian agricultural land in BiH as “a tacit review of the Dayton Agreement”.

He believed that Bosniaks were trying to make BiH a single entity in which they would have a majority.

“Muslims believe they almost have the majority at the moment, which will lead to the abolition of the principles of equality from time to time”, Dacic said.

He pointed out that the Dayton Agreement laid down clear rules for the role of the Constitutional Court, so the problem, he noted, was that the Constitutional Court’s decision to register the territories extended beyond the jurisdiction of that court.

“The Constitutional Court decides what BiH’s powers are as a state, that land and forests do not belong to BiH, and that this decision goes beyond the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court”, Dacic explained.

Commenting on Milorad Dodik’s “Farewell to BiH”, Dacic stressed that he viewed it as a political struggle and a clear message “that if they continue to threaten the equality of Serbs and Croats, Muslims will have problems”.

“Serbs will not allow the abolition of the Serbian Republic”, Dacic underlined.

He also added that SDA, the largest Muslim party in BiH, was formed by Alija Izetbegović’s policy, which 40 years ago stipulated in the Islamic Declaration that an Islamic state could be formed when Muslims have a majority.

“Now they think they have a majority, and that was a topic a few months ago at the SDA conference”, Dacic explained.

Serbia’s Foreign Minister believes that Kosovo’s newly elected Prime Minister, Albin Kurti, will continue with unilateral moves such as his predecessors, and will not lead to a compromise on the Kosovo issue.

Later on in his interview with Prva television he stated that the compulsory military service announced by Kurti was not in accordance with Resolution 1244, but the Pristina authorities have long been in breach of the provisions of that resolution.

“Even international actors have voiced disagreement over the creation of an army, but have not reversed that decision. It will take a long time to understand Kurti’s true intentions and what he intends to say according to his declarations during the election campaign and during his early days in power”, Dacic said.

He noted that there are countries at the international level that are not favorable to reaching a compromise, such as Germany.

He also added that the subject of negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina could not be one of the points foreseen in the Brussels agreement, such as the establishment of the Community of Serbian Municipalities, stating that “Pristina must implement them”.

According to Dacic, last year several envoys called on Serbia to halt pressure to withdraw Kosovo’s recognition.

“When someone from abroad comes, I say: we have signed the Brussels Agreement, no Union of Serbian Municipalities was formed as we guaranteed, the tariffs have been introduced and Pristina has no sanctions for that. Now you say if the duties are lifted, Serbia should suspend its campaign to withdraw recognition – Dacic said.

It is recalled that Serbia started its effort to withdraw Kosovo’s recognition when 113 countries recognized Kosovo; the 17 countries that withdrew recognition did so in order for the Pristina majority to not be able to respond at the UN General Assembly.

The lack of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina reflects Serbia’s European course and the dynamic of opening up negotiation funds.

To a question regarding what Belgrade could bargain for with Pristina when Hashim Thaci stated from Brusssels that anyone appointed as dialogue envoy must treat Kosovo as a sovereign state, Dacic replied “Who asked them about anything”.

“Who asks who the envoy will be. So far, they could have introduced tariffs, but things have changed because at the moment their actions in the political stock market are not the best”, he replied.

Dacic pointed out that the European Council and UN envoys have no obligation to treat Kosovo as an independent state.

Asked if a solution could be expected, Dacic responded affirmatively, if “they grab Pristina by the ear, the solution will come”.

Asked who could be the one grabbing Pristina by the ear, the minister cynically pointed to the countries that have been grabbing our ears thus far in the previous years and decades.

“We thought we were the source of the problem and now it is clear to them that it is Pristina instead; that those are unilateral moves, that Serbia is ready to seek a compromise”, Dacic concluded. /ibna