Prince Charles in Serbian parl’t: You should not be prisoners of history

Photo: N.Fifić

BELGRADE – The Prince of Wales said in a speech he gave at the Serbian parliament late on Thursday that he could see that extraordinary progress had been made in the Balkans and that peace and stability had returned there after the horrific conflicts of the 1990s.

Prince Charles said that there could be few places on Earth where one felt the weight of history more than in the Balkans and that no-one should forget or ignore that history, but it was “vital not to become prisoners of it.”

The heir to the British throne said that “only reconciliation offers the assurance that our children and grandchildren will not suffer the same agonies as our generation.

“I can only assure you that Britain is with you as you build your common future. Peace and stability in this region will mean that all of us, whether in the Balkans, in the United Kingdom, or elsewhere, can enjoy a safer and more prosperous future. Together, we can build this future,” Prince Charles said.

He started his speech in Serbian, which was greeted with applause by the guests.

The speech, expected to be Prince Charles’ only live speech during his and his wife Camilla’s tour of the Balkan region, was followed by prolonged applause and the national anthems of the two countries.


  1. I hope the people of Serbia are assured that the people of UK have always seen them as friends, the politicians do not speak for us.

    • conclusion spread by mainstream media is “Serbs have committed the atrocities and others have retaliated, sometimes going too far. Mainly it was the Serbs who caused the war due to their revengeful ways.” while these facts being sweeped under the rug. The ideological backing for ethnic cleansing was given by Izetbegovic for his Islamist pro-Nazi track record and Tudjman with his want to be popular by using the former Ustasha.
      If anyone wants a way forward, bringing out these facts are not a nuisance, BUT a necessity to provide lessons from near history to battle harmful mindsets that cause victimization.