Serbian State Administration Minister Branko Ruzic said that the content of the Bosniak National Council’s (BNV) document which proposes special status for Serbia’s southwestern region of Sandzak is very dangerous and reflects the extremist views from the early 1990s.
BNV, a council representing the Bosniak ethnic minority in Serbia, published an initiative on Saturday, demanding special status for the Sandzak region, including a constitution that would be among others prepared by the European Union’s experts.
The initiative also stipulates that Sandzak would be passing laws and other documents from the scope of its competencies, while the Albanians, the Bosniaks, the Montenegrins and the Serbs would get a status of constituent peoples.
According to the same proposal, the region would have its own parliament, governor, government, police and judiciary.
The territory where, as the initiative says, the special status would be established is broader than what is considered the Sandzak region today and it includes a part of Montenegro as well. It would encompass the municipalities of Novi Pazar, Sjenica, Tutin, Prijepolje, Nova Varos, Priboj (Serbia) as well as Pljevlja, Bijelo Polje, Berane, Andrijevica, Petnjica, Gusinje, Plav and Rozaje (Montenegro).
Minister Ruzic assessed that the initiative is a “political pamphlet of politically drowning man seeking for attention” Sulejman Ugljanin, president of Sandzak’s Party of Democratic Action (SDA), a political party close to the Bosniak National Council.
Ugljanin used to serve as the BNV Chairman as well as an MP in the Parliament of Serbia and Serbian Government’s minister.
According to Ruzic, Serbia’s treatment of minorities is praised by the whole world and “a political voyeur” Ugnljanin won’t destroy it. He also accused the Bosniak politician of not taking care of his minority and of intimidating all Serbia’s citizens while he doesn’t respect the Constitution or laws of the state he lives in.