SPC elder: Secret talks held on ethnic separation in Kosovo

SPC elder: Secret talks held on ethnic separation in Kosovo

SPC elder: Secret talks held on ethnic separation in Kosovo Izvor: Reuters/Hazir Reka

The prior of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Visoki Decani Monastery in Kosovo said on Thursday he had “pretty reliable information from both local and foreign sources about talks on the division of Kosovo along the ethnic lines, adding the negotiations were held in a narrow circle and in the greatest secrecy, the Beta news agency reported.

Sava Janjic, known as the cyber Sava, for his knowledge of high-tech not very common among the SPC clergy, also described the situation with media in Serbia as “worse than 20 years ago.”

In an interview with the Belgrade daily NIN, Sava said the negotiations on division along the ethnic lines included some “cosmetic elements” for protection of the remaining Serb population “which will stay on the ‘other side of the border’.”

According to him, “the aim is to let Kosovo into the UN after which there won’t be a problem to establish a link between Pristina and Tirana,” while “Serbia wouldn’t even have to recognise Kosovo” as an independent state.

“The demarcation will be with Albania, as the President (Aleksandra Vucic) talked about “the separation between the Serbs and the Albanians,” Janjic said.

He added that “the separation is just a hypocritical euphemism for an ethnic and territorial division of Serbia as “’the final solution’ was the Nazi's term for the elimination of the Jews in Germany.”

“The demarcation practically means leaving 80,000 Serbs with a low and uncertain level of protection, only for their alleged EU integration which, according to well informed (people) has never been further away from Serbia,” Janjic said.

He added “democracy is always a risk since when in the hands of oligarchs without any moral scruples it can turn into an open dictatorship.”

Concerning the media in Serbia Sava said “it is difficult to speak about a professional journalism today.”

“The society in which there is no serious investigative journalism, criticism, and even a healthy political lampoon.. is destined to languish in the sphere of immoral tabloids which use political gossips, bizarre information and open pornography to delude people, making them a passive mass easy to manipulate with,” Janjic said.

He added the atmosphere of fear from public lynch, open threats and insults to journalists is a part of political ‘culture’ seen everywhere.”

“Speaking about Serbia’s European orientation with such attitude toward media is absurd,” prior Sava Janjic said.

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