Brussels to Belgrade: Adjust policy toward Uyghur minority to those of EU

Brussels to Belgrade: Adjust policy toward Uyghur minority to those of EU

Brussels to Belgrade: Adjust policy toward Uyghur minority to those of EU Izvor: STR / AFP

The European Union said it expected Serbia to adjust foreign and security policies to those of the bloc regarding Beijing's acts in Xinjiang province against the Uyghur minority, Rdio Free Europe reported on Friday.

The EU reacted to the news that Belgrade supported the declaration describing the violation of human and minority rights of the Uyghur people in the Chinese Xinjiang province as 'fightt against terrorism and extremism.'

By supporting the declaration, Serbia put itself against the states in Europe and the world which sharply condemned the Chinese repression over the Muslim Uyghur minority, particularly the mass imprisonment in the so-called 'camps for political reeducation,' Brussels said.

RFE reported that Serbia's Foreign Ministry did not answer its question of what motivated the decision to support the declaration.

The Foreign Ministry and Serbia's UN Mission did not publish the decision on their official websites.

"Serbia respects China's territorial integrity, and China should resolve its domestic issues without pressure from the international community," Veroljub Arsic, an official of ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and a member of the MPs Friendship with China Club, told RFE.

Commenting on the statement that Belgrade's policy was not in line with EU where Serbia wanted to join, Arsic said that could be an issue "once Serbia would participate in the EU's decision-making process."

"Until then, Serbia is an independent, sovereign state and leads its policies in line with its interests, respecting the international law," he added.

Serbia joined Russia, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Iran, Pakistan, Cuba, Venezuela and some 30 more countries from Africa and Asia who supported the declaration Belarus filed to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on July 1.

Out of 46 countries that support Chinese policy and acts in Xinjiang province, Serbia is the only state which aspires to join the EU.

The document Belgarde supports calls on restraint in "unfounded accusations against China based on disinformation." It adds the signatories "are decisively against the politicisation of human rights and double standards."  

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