Pacolli and Dacic on weapons

Amnesty International has called on Serbia to stop supplying firearms to Cameroon, following the recording of a Cameroon soldier shooting at women and children, as it is believed, by using a weapon made in Serbia.

Kosovo’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release on Sunday that „the disclosure of evidence“ strengthened their belief that Serbia is using arms sales as a means of annulling recognitions, even in those countries which have not yet recognized Kosovo.

Kosovo’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Behgjet Pacolli, made an identical claim at yesterday’s press conference with the Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj.

„We have evidence that one of the foundations of Serbian diplomacy is providing compensation in the form of weapons. My worries were confirmed yesterday,“ he said.

„We do not give these weapons either for peanuts or for free,“ the officials from Belgrade claim.

The Serbian Minister of Trade, Rasim Ljajic, said to N1:

„These weapons are being sold as part of commercial contracts. In particular, we’ve had six commercial contracts with Cameroon since 2014.“

He also provided concrete data on the value of these contracts: „Thirty-one million euros and one million and nine hundred thousand dollars.“

„After all, the United States, China, Austria, Israel export ten times more weapons than Serbia,“ he concluded.

The Kosovo Prime Minister said that Pristina had requested a „ceasefire“ from Belgrade – to stop lobbying activities against Kosovo – for the annulment of recognition. Thus peace can preceed the final agreement, Haradinaj outlined.

However, the Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dacic commented on this immediately afterwards to the Belgrade-based Vecernje Novosti paper:

„Many do not like the success of our diplomacy and that a number of countries are re-evaluating their positions on Kosovo, but we will not give up. I do not know in what other circumstances an agreement could be reached between Belgrade and Pristina but in peace. It is obvious that Haradinaj is losing his temper and that threatening and mentioning war has become his habit. I am only interested in whether his words are approved by their allies. We are asked to stop lobbying for the annulment of Kosovo’s recognition, while Pristina continues lobbying for recognition. I’m afraid that will not happen!“

According to the data from Belgrade, six countries have annulled their recognition of Kosovo, which Pristina denied every time, claiming it was propaganda and fake news.

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