Translation provided by KoSSev
The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic said that the agreement on the Integrated Border Crossings Jarinje and Brnjak represents a „nightmare“ for the continuation of negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina, as well as the biggest stumbling block, next to the issues at the International Court of Justice.
While Vucic claims that this agreement was signed in 2011 by the former head of the negotiating team on the dialogue with Pristina, Borko Stefanovic, the agreement was actually signed when the SNS-SPS coalition came into power in December 2012, while Ivica Dacic was the Prime Minister and Aleksandar Vucic was his first deputy.
„The agreement was signed by Borko Stefanovic in 2011. I have already told you this a dozen times before… And after that, they were signed and implemented – the police checkpoints were also set up, and later, customs checkpoints,“ said Vucic.
When N1 journalist asked who initialed and who signed the agreement on the integrated passage at Jarinje and Brnjak – which is described as one of the biggest barriers in the dialogue – Borko Stefanovic said that „Ivica Dacic signed all agreements within the technical dialogue.“
„This dialogue was specific as it envisaged that the decisions would be adopted by the two governments. Therefore, there were no signatures like for an international treaty, but the two governments adopted agreements – therefore Ivica Dacic signed each of the agreements,“ he emphasized.
The SPS party failed to provide an answer last Wednesday when asked about who signed the agreement. SPS MP Djordje Milicevic claimed that this is „widely known to the public.“ The following day, however, Milicevic confirmed that the president of the Socialist party, Ivica Dacic signed the agreement at the time he held the function of the Prime Minister.
N1 journalist recalled Milicevic’s words while speaking to President Vucic today.
„No, Ivica Dacic signed it subsequently. I showed you. This IBM (Kosovo) agreement was signed by Borko Stefanovic, who also initialed each side,“ Vucic claimed.
N1: Initialed or signed?
Vucic: „Well, why doesn’t it exist in another form…? Initials hold the same power as a signature.“
On the other hand, Borko Stefanovic said that „a single agreement on integrated border management was initialed simply to confirm the uniformity of the text.“
N1: Did you initialize that?
Stefanovic: „That’s right, I initialed that, because initials and signature are not the same thing. The best law student in the history of all law schools should know this – initials are only confirmation of the accuracy of the text and the signature signifies the assumption of obligations. After all, I, as a lower civil servant at the time, could not undertake the obligation of signing (the agreement).“
N1 journalist asked Vucic what Veljko Odalovic signed exactly…
Vucic: „Ask Veljko Odalovic what he signed…“
N1: You were part of the government…
Vucic: „(Odalovic) only signed on the implementation… That is not in the Brussels Agreement. And as to what he signed, ask them, but he certainly signed only what was being implemented. We also signed the diplomas, but luckily we did not implement them…“
N1: You were the first deputy prime minister in 2012…
Vucic: „I was not part of that in 2012. I joined in March 2013…“
N1: You say this agreement is bad. Why was it signed?
Vucic: „This is one of the worst agreements we signed, but that agreement was signed by Borko Stefanovic. As a serious country, you know, you have to sign and implement what someone else had signed earlier.“
Borko Stefanovic said that even the most obstinate people, who remotely pay attention to Kosovo’s problems, now „see that it’s all a lie.“
„So, they try to pin something they did on us… And I’m really thinking of suing him, but I know again that he is avoiding it by organizing a call for immunity, which is unprecedented…“ Stefanovic added.
On the other hand, on the N1 journalist’s remark that the president said he would not implement something that was previously signed and that he would even annul the bad agreements, Vucic said: „We don’t implement everything we don’t have to… I understand your need to find something every time to use to attack us…“
N1: Nobody is attacking you, I’m just asking you…
Vucic: „You try to get a retweet or one more like to prove how tough you are and how you succeeded in telling me something every time… I don’t follow you, I don’t go on Twitter anymore, but I know your greatest desire…“
Borko Stefanovic stated that the crossings between the AP Kosovo and Metohija and the rest of Serbia have been there since 1999.
„So none of us have put these crossings in place. That’s the first thing. The other thing – both the Jarinje and Brnjak crossings were set on fire by rebel Serbs three times. We, in fact, merged two crossings – a passage under the control of our police and a passage under the control of the Kosovo Police – into one, without the flag of Kosovo, without a coat of arms, without a border stone and without customs duty. Customs was established by the regime of Aleksandar Vucic and Ivica Dacic in December 2012 with their additional technical protocol, with which they accepted to set up Kosovo and our custom authorities at the Jarinje and Brnjak crossings,“ said Stefanovic.
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