Meeting with ambassadors of Quint countries
President of the Republic and Supreme Commander of the Serbian Armed Forces Aleksandar Vučić met today with the ambassadors of the Quint countries – the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy and Germany, and Head of the European Union Delegation to Serbia. The meeting was held at the General Secretariat of the President of the Republic, and the only topic of discussion was the latest escalation of violence in Kosovo and Metohija.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Miloš Vučević and Chief of the Serbia Armed Forces General Staff, General Milan Mojsilović.
President Vučić expressed great dissatisfaction and deep concern over the fact that one part of the international community continues to tolerate unilateral moves by Priština, leading to violence against the Serbian community, the consequence of which is a decreasing number of options that could lead to permanent peace and stability in the region.
President Vučić informed the Quint representatives about the true chronology of events that took place yesterday, in which a large number of gathered Serbs got injured while expressing displeasure over Kurti’s illegal forces breaking into Serbian buildings, but also due to the shaken trust in KFOR which, despite its guarantees, had not protected Serbs, nor had it prevented the illegal and violent seizure of municipal buildings.
The President reminded that he had given timely and ample warning of this course of events, and of potential consequences of Priština’s actions going unpunished. According to him, Priština not only fails to fulfil its obligations, but persistently makes unilateral, violent moves against the Serbian community in Kosovo and Metohija, along with numerous and frequent incidents, resulting in injuries, beatings, mistreatment and open discrimination of Serbs.
According to President Vučić, it is high time a part of the international community reacted sharply, clearly and unambiguously against the policy of Priština institutions and started protecting Serbs from increasing pressures and brutal violence committed in plain view of all mechanisms, whose role, among other things, is to protect the community.
The President offered an expression of regret at the injured KFOR soldiers, but said that a much larger number of Serbs had been injured, that firearms and great physical force had been used against them, even though they had offered non-violent resistance from the beginning.
According to President Vučić, in this situation, the preservation of peace is of the utmost importance, as well as the safety of the Serbian community in Kosovo and Metohija. In that regard, he expects the Quint countries, which have the greatest influence on Priština, to urgently adopt and implement certain measures that would guarantee safety to Serbs in Kosovo, which is a prerequisite for any further talks with representatives of provisional Priština institutions.
President Vučić stresses that Albin Kurti must withdraw his special units, because Serbia will never accept his occupation.
“I hope you will be able to talk some sense into Kurti and get him to withdraw his forces and personal mayors from the Kosovo north", said President Vučić. He stressed that Serbia would maintain its communication with representatives of NATO/KFOR in the hope that peace and stability can be preserved.
The ambassadors of the Quint group and Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia expressed concern over the escalation of violence and attacks on KFOR troops. They requested that the dialogue be resumed with the aim of finding a political way out of the situation.