Vucic on July 31st events: For the first time, people in uniform appeared in the north, all the women came to greet them and say ‘freedom, we welcome you’

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“For the first time, people wearing old and new uniforms are appearing, seeking to defend the north of Kosovo from the aggressors. When those young Serb men appeared, weaponless, all the people, all the women in the urban areas, came to greet them and say – ‘freedom, we welcome you’,“ the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, revealed new details about the July 31st events in the north of Kosovo during yesterday’s session of the Serbian Assembly. 

Vucic alerted of significant security challenges but also an increased presence of special forces of the Kosovo Police in the north of Kosovo.

 

„There is no artificial creation of crisis on our side,“ claims Vucic, underlining that the danger is „close, objective and serious.“

 

„Serbia in no way participated in creating the crisis. Despite everything, we were consistently in favor of dialogue, aware that peaceful resolution of the problem is the only way and that anything else leads to instability and potential conflicts,“ said the Serb president.

 

While describing Serbia as constructive, Vucic underscored that it was not out of fear of the 3,700 KFOR soldiers deployed to Kosovo.

 

„We have more (cf. soldiers) and we are not poorly armed. But the problem is that we would cause a disaster for the entire country if we did not want peace and stabilization,“ said Vucic.

 

He revealed that is why he asked Albanians and representatives of the international community to pressure Pristina not to start conflicts.

 

Vucic also spoke about what he described as „peaceful protests“ in the north of Kosovo from both last year and this year.

 

He said that on July 31st of this year, when tensions in the north of Kosovo once again heightened, Pristina once again violated the agreements that purportedly say that the special units are not allowed to come to the north of Kosovo.

 

Vucic argued that such actions by Pristina led to a reaction from the Serbs in the North of Kosovo.

 

„For the first time, people wearing old and new uniforms are appearing, seeking to defend the north of Kosovo from the aggressors, from those who want to expel Serbs from Kosovo. When those young Serb men appeared, weaponless, all the people, all the women in the urban areas, came to greet them and say – ‘freedom, we welcome you’.“

 

He cited this as an indicator of „how fed up our people in Kosovo are with suffering the terror of Pristina.“

 

„There was not a single lady or woman who did not come out of their houses to embrace those people and say ‘thank you, you will fight for our freedom,'“ said Vucic.

 

While noting that „it’s a nice thing that emotions are prevailing“, the president alerted that “we can pay too high a price for them.”

 

Furthermore, Vucic revealed that on July 31st, he begged the Kosovo Serbs for 11 hours to remove the barricades.

 

„It took me 11 hours of begging for them to withdraw from the barricades, when our conditions were already accepted. They didn’t want to, because they don’t trust Pristina and the international community,“ said Vucic.

 

He underlined that Serbs refuse to give up their license plates.

 

„That is their sin, but also something that they have our support about,“ he added.

 

On the other hand, he says he does not believe any agreement will be reached with the current Kosovan leadership.

 

„They don’t want to hear any of the arguments, nothing about respecting international law, the only thing they are interested in is respecting the force used against Serbia in 1999,“ he said.

 

During yesterday’s session, Vucic also spoke about the change in the position of the international community regarding the dialogue process, saying that the most important thing for them now is to move towards informal recognition of Kosovo’s dependence.



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