Serbia’s Vucic says doesn’t know what unoffered double sovereignty means

Serbia’s Vucic says doesn’t know what unoffered double sovereignty means

Serbia’s Vucic says doesn’t know what unoffered double sovereignty means Izvor: Tanjug/Rade Prelić

Aleksandar Vucic, the President of Serbia, said on Thursday he did not know what the so-called double sovereignty regarding Kosovo meant, adding no one had ever offered that idea to Belgrade, the Beta news agency reported.

He said such a solution would not be offered either in Berlin on April 29, during the Western Balkans leaders meeting called by Germany and France.

Vucic told reporters after a meeting with Kosovo Serbs who walked to Belgrade to give him support on Friday at his rally in the capital that he did not expect the meeting to demand Serbia's recognition of Kosovo’s independence directly.

However, on Tuesday, Vucic told his Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) executives: “I only expect them to ask for a new beginning and to demand a new format of the dialogue which should end in recognition of Kosovo while the Serbs would get nothing...”

Marko Djuric, the head of Serbia’s Government Office for Kosovo, said on Thursday that in Berlin there would not be bilateral meetings between Belgrade and Pristina delegations.

 On Thursday, Vucic warned that “if someone believes that a compromise means the establishment of courts for the Serbs, to ask for war reparation and our recognition of Kosovo… Serbia won’t play a role in that film until, maybe, someone else wins elections here,” Vucic said, referring to Serbia’s opposition which, along with citizens, had been demonstrating against his rule for over four months.

Vucic added he feared many did not understand Serbia’s “outstretched arm correctly” in negotiations with Kosovo and that he had shown defiance when he had lain on the floor and fell asleep in Brussels.

“There are pressures on Serbia to make additional concessions to Kosovo Albanians and thus creates a new possibility for the dialogue. I’m personally subjected to requests for us to do something so that they withdraw the taxes (the 100 percent import duties on goods from Serbia, introduced last November). Can you imagine what would have happened had we introduced taxes?” Vucic asked.

Vucic said that many did not understand Serbia’s “outstretched arm correctly” in negotiations with Kosovo and that he had shown defiance when he had lain on the floor and fell asleep in Brussels

 He said Serbia would “fight for itself in a civilised manner during the Berlin meeting.

“We have been waiting for six months without any retaliatory measure against Pristina, but Serbia cannot endure direct illegal acts forever without an answer. I’ll tell that to (French President Emmanuel) Macron and (German Chancellor) Angela Merkel,” Vucic said.

He apologised to Belgraders because “absolutely everything in the city will be impassable” on Friday night during his rally.

He added he had confidence into Macrfon’s and Merkel’s responsibility.

Vucic confirmed reports saying he would have talks in Beijing with the representatives of China and Russia who, he said, he would inform about the deals from the Brussels 2013 agreement which Pristina did not honour.

Referring to his rally on Friday, Vucic said there would be a carnival atmosphere and that those who would come wouldn’t come because of him but because of Serbia’s future.

He apologised to Belgraders because “absolutely everything in the city will be impassable.”

Vucic’s SNS organises a massive gathering on Friday at 6 pm within his campaign “The Future of Serbia” which he launched two months into widespread anti-regime civil and opposition protests #1 in 5 million.

President toured Serbia, explaining to people all the achievements of his rule and all the failures of the previous regime.

His rally comes after the big opposition protest on April 13 in Belgrade which gathered people from across the country despite some reported obstructions by authorities. Both people and opposition said that bus companies and taxi drivers were warned not to offer their services to those who wanted to come to Belgrade last Saturday.

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