Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic described Kosovo’s failure to join Interpol as a victory of a small country (Serbia) which managed to preserve its integrity and added that was not an opportunity to humiliate Pristina, N1 reported.
After the second round of voting during the Interpol’s General Assembly meeting in Dubai, Kosovo was short of the two-thirds majority of the present Interpol delegates needed to become a part of the international police organisation, with 68 states in favour, 51 against and 16 abstained.
“That proves Serbia has strengthened its position, but on the other hand, we should not be euphoric,” Vucic told reporters in Belgrade said after the voting.
He added that “this is a success of a small, proud and defiant country, but the country which should not position its future on defiance and spite, but on a compromise."
Serbia’s Foreign Minister described Kosovo’s failure to join Interpol as a significant victory for Serbia and its people and a proof that nothing could be solved by force and without an agreement with Belgrade, N1 reported. Ivica Dacic said the decision was a victory of the international law, and that Serbia was fighting against lobbying, bribe and blackmails.
Vucic thanked all the countries which voted against Kosovo’s membership and those who abstained. “But my special gratitude goes to those states which have been under enormous pressure” to vote in favour of Kosovo’s membership.
Ahead of the Dubai meeting, Belgrade often accused the Western countries of lobbying for Kosovo's Interpol membership, and for putting pressure on some states, especially some African countries.
Vucic on Tuesday also called on Pristina to withdraw the decision on 10 percent import tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“We will work to show how much we care about a compromising solution with the Albanians, but also to show that Serbia is not a country ease to degrade,” Vucic said.
Following the news conference in Belgrade local Serbs in the divided northern town of Mitrovica flooded the streets to celebrate, despite Vucic's warning against any euphoria and humiliation of Pristina.