Serbia’s Interior Minister has said he is sure that foreign intelligence services are trying to monitor communications of the people they are interested in and especially President Aleksandar Vucic, but also his children, the Beta news agency has reported.
Nebojsa Stefanovic told the Vecernje Novosti daily Tuesday’s edition that the great powers’ secret services intensified activities in Serbia as well aiming to secure a better position in South-Eastern Europe.
"It’s not easy to prove since today’s techniques are so advanced that foreign intelligence services can monitor electronic communications even if they are not present in Serbia," Stefanovic said.
He added that “we have some information, but we can’t make them public because those people are not naive." Stefanovic referred to his statement that foreign intelligence agencies were increasingly interested in Vucic’s children.
Speaking about recently announced dates for general elections Stefanovic denied they were scheduled for March 22 or 29 next year, as the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) said after the top officials' meeting a week ago. He said that elections were due in March or April, but that precise dates had not been set yet, adding that it was unlikely that a referendum on the Kosovo issue, which Vucic announced some time ago, would be held at the same time.
Commenting on possible opposition’s boycott of the vote, Stefanovic said that if it happened he didn’t think it would impair the legitimacy of future authorities.
"A part of the opposition clearly would take part, but a part could boycott them whatever the authorities do because they are looking for an alibi since it’s obvious they don’t have the support they hoped for," the Minister said.
Serbia’s regime and opposition had two round table discussions regarding the issues related to the elections’ rules held at the Political Sciences Faculty and organised by the Fund for Open Society with the participation of some NGOs.
However, the talks were held behind closed doors under Chatham House rules, and the Party of Freedom and Justice (SSP) boycotted the second discussion.
Stefanovic took part in the first meeting but said was interested only to hear what some NGOs had to say and to tell the participants what the regime had achieved so far.
"We believe that the elections' conditions and the atmosphere are much better now than in 2012 (when SPS cam to power)," the Minister told the daily.
Speaking about the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations, he reiterated Serbia's stand that "in case the US involves directly in a search for a solution, both Russia and China should do the same."