Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic accused the authorities in Pristina of violating the rights of Serbs and other non-Albanians in Kosovo which runs counter to the principles of the Council of Europe (CoE).
The authorities in Pristina applied for membership in CoE earlier this week, drawing opposition from officials in Belgrade who claimed that this is a violation of the Washington Agreement which called for a moratorium on requests to join international organizations.
Selakovic said after a meeting of the Council for National Security that he gave President Aleksandar Vucic diplomatic notes from four countries that revoked their recognition of Kosovo.
Selakovic said that Pristina’s application proves its irresponsible and unilateral approach. He said Serbia will react in a responsible manner with diplomatic and political means. “We will stand in defense of not only our own interests but also the basic principles of international law,” he said.
Kosovo Foreign Minister Donika Gervala Schwartz’ statement that Belgrade will support Kosovo accession to CoE is “cynical and absurd”.