BELGRADE – The policy of a “Greater Serbia” is not a policy of the future and is not, and has never been, the policy of this government of Serbia, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday after a government session on the verdicts of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
Asked by reporters what he now thinks about a “Greater Serbia” and whether he renounces his policy from the 1990s or feels responsible for any of the victims, Vucic responded that he took part in elections with a different policy eight years ago and won the trust of the people.
“In case some people have been asleep and do not remember what happened eight or nine years ago, I have to remind them that it was a long time ago and that during the eight years they could have read that something had happened,” Vucic said.
Serbia is at a political, economic and moral crossroads, Vucic said.
After years of senseless wars, privatisation robberies, corruption and recession, our country has risen again, improving its international reputation, Vucic told reporters.
The ICTY has failed to achieve its fundamental goals, above all that of working towards reconciliation in the region, Vucic noted.
On the contrary, it is once again “hammering a nail in the coffin of a sleeping Balkans,” he said.
I feel no personal animosity towards Vojislav Seselj, but I will fiercely oppose his policy because it is pushing Serbia into isolation, Vucic said commenting on the ICTY verdict acquitting the Serbian Radical Party leader of all charges.
Seselj’s trial before the ICTY was unambiguously political, rather than legal, from the start, “both when they wanted him in The Hague, as well as when they released him provisionally and then wanted him back again,” he said.