NEW YORK – Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic told the UN General Assembly late Thursday he was proud Serbia was a pillar of stability in the Balkans, noting it would remain so in the next 20, 30 years.

The Balkan region is facing potential instability, and that is why peace, understanding, trust and reconciliation will be needed in the future, Vucic said.

The situation in the Balkans has not improved much after 25 years, and much more time, effort and political will must be invested to overcome past disputes, feuds and conflicts, Vucic noted.

In some Western Balkan countries, the hatred is bigger than it used to be, but Serbia has managed to preserve peace and calm, and we will be doing everything for that to continue, Vucic said.