Nikolic: We should say NO to ultimatums, we will not agree to robbery

BELGRADE – Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said that Serbia has already ceded a lot to Albanians in Kosovo, and that it should not make concessions when it comes to handing over the assets of “Telekom Srbija” to the authorities in Kosovo and Metohija.

In an interview for Serbian daily “Kurir” Nikolic said that he did not see the document Marko Djuric, director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija, described as an ultimatum used to blackmail Serbia regarding opening of the chapters in the negotiations with the EU.

“I do not know what the request looks like, except for what appears in the media, but it is the Government’s turn to take a stand about it. I can not say in advance that Marko Djuric’s attitude is correct because I do not know to which document he refers, I can not say it is not correct, since I did not have the document in hand. Therefore, the Government needs to listen to its director of the Office and on this basis take a stand,” said the President, and at the remark that Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic also spoke about blackmail, and when asked whether Serbia should allow itself to be blackmailed, he said:

“The state is guided by the will of the people. I estimate that the citizens of Serbia in the majority do not want to give Kosovo and Metohija into someone else’s hands.”

When asked if we will sign the document in Brussels, Nikolic said: “I do not think so, if it is so rigorously, but I have to read the document.”

The President of Serbia added that if the Government’s position is that this is an ultimatum from Brussels, Serbia should say that it will not respond to ultimatums.

“You see how much jurisdiction we have already ceded. In this particular case we can not cede. Not just like that! Let somebody else provide them with telecommunications and postal codes, our property must not be touched! This is a direct usurpation,” concluded Nikolic for the daily.

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said yesterday that Serbia will continue talks on the agreement on telecommunications with Pristina and try to remedy the situation.

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