Vucic denies Kosovo non-paper originated from Serbia;No protected in sex scandal

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Source: Tanjug/Strahinja Aćimović

Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia's President, denied on Wednesday his Kosovo counterpart Vjosa Osmani's claim that a non-paper on Kosovo originated from Serbia.

„If they hope Serbia would accept the recognition of Kosovo (they should know) – that won’t happen,“ he said.

Vucic added he and his team were analysing the document and thought he knew who took part in drafting it.

„I was surprised by that paper. There is more in it than in the (Martti, former Finish President who drafted a plan known as a proposal for Kosovo Status Settlement, CSP) Ahtisaary’s Plan,“ he said.

He added that, according to the non-paper, Serbia should get more than had ever been offered to it and that that was not good.

„The appearance of that non-paper means Serbia will be increasingly pressured and that we are nearing the final duress under which there must be either some solution or a culprit will be declared,“ Vucic said.

He added that under that looming pressure the country should be led in the wisest possible way.

Talking to reporters in the northern city of Novi Sad during a ceremony marking the beginning of the construction of a new COVID-19 hospital, Vucic said that no one would protect Dragan Markovic Palma, the official allegedly organising and taking part in a sex scandal involving harassment and pimping of girls and women in the central town of Jagodina.

Markovic is the leader of the United Serbia party, a member of Vucic’s ruling coalition, and the President of Jagodina’s Assembly.

Vucic added he was „ashamed to answer“ those questions, adding Marinika Tepic, an opposition leader who made the sex scandal public, „said she had evidence, and then added she wouldn’t present them to the prosecutors.“
„No one will protect Markovic if he has done anything. No one will protect anyone. All those stories are disgusting. Let the institutions do their job, let the prosecutors and courts do their job,“ Vucic said.

He also denied media speculations that Serbia would legalise cannabis to save those accused in the case of Jovanjica, the largest marijuana plant in Europe.

„We won’t decriminalise either possession or growing… We will persecute them more than ever,“ Vucic said.

The case of the Jovanjica marijuana plant was mentioned in the European Parliament latest report on Serbia, among several other high-profile affairs that rocked the country. The report called on Belgrade to deal with them appropriately.