The head of the opposition Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) Milos Jovanovic told Belgrade weekly NIN that he can’t run in the coming elections with people who think genocide was committed in Srebrenica.
The DSS is a nationalist but not extremist party which was initially headed by former FR Yugoslavia President Vojislav Kostunica who beat Slobodan Milosevic in the year 2000 presidential elections.
“I respect and like debate and can listen to any argument but that does not mean that I can be on the same side with people who believe that the crime of genocide was committed in Srebrenica because that is not right and I am saying that as a lawyer, not as a Serb or a citizen of this country or a candidate for president,” he told this week’s issue of the weekly. Jovanovic was chosen to be the presidential candidate of the NADA coalition which includes his DSS and the Movement to Restore the Kingdom of Serbia (POKS).
“I can’t be on the same side with people who think Kosovo is independent and that nothing can be done about it, who believe the mural of (convicted war criminal Bosnian Serb General) Ratko Mladic is an embarrassment for the Serbian people and (convicted WW2 Nazi-affiliated war criminal) Acif Efendija is not an embarrassment,” he said.
He said that there are huge differences between the NADA coalition and himself on one side and what he called the Brussels opposition on the other in terms of ideology and the way to wage a political battle.