BELGRADE – Serbia has been faced with a difficult and serious ultimatum when it comes to Kosovo and Metohija – it is asked to renounce the property of Telekom Srbija in the province, said the Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric, adding that Belgrade should decide until Sunday whether it accepts or not the “grotesque draft agreement on telecommunications”.
According to Serbian daily “Kurir”, Djuric told reporters that in his deep conviction the ultimatum is unacceptable, and that he, as both the negotiator and a Serb can not accept Serbia giving up on its property in Kosovo and Metohija, announcing that, if the government, which he unreservedly supports, however decides differently, he will be forced to leave the post of the chief negotiator with Pristina and Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija.
“We are asked to give up our property when it comes to telecommunications, but also much worse, to renounce the property when it comes to Telekom Srbija and agree that all of our assets in Kosovo are not ours, but that they belong to the institutions of the self-proclaimed, illegal, fraudulent country in Pristina,” said Djuric.
As he said, there were serious and difficult discussions about how to proceed in this regard.
“I am convinced, although I have to say that we all fought that our arguments overcome in talks with representatives of the EU and Pristina, that these conditions are not acceptable,” said Djuric.
The Belgrade delegation led by Marko Djuric last week led talks with Pristina in Brussels on the implementation of the agreement on telecommunications, and Djuric said that “something very strange happened” when literally during the night between Thursday and Friday, “the paper that stood before us on the table completely changed”.
“The conditions were fundamentally changed. It is obvious that an outsider, someone who is not EU nor Pristina, intervened to make these talks unsuccessful, to perhaps achieve another political goal and to expose Serbia to a kind of pressure it was not exposed to so far in this or any other issues,” said Djuric.
Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija said that Serbia is faced with a request to accept such outrageous and intolerable conditions to prevent normal communication and thus constitute a precedent, and then apply such a model on energy.
“Following the same model they would steal Gazivode and other energy potentials, as well as other social and state properties. Therefore, either we accept it the way it was offered or there are is no EU integration, no continuation of the opening chapter and everything else, it is something very clearly visible in the subtext,” said Djuric.
He added that such a dilemma in itself is not acceptable to Serbia, and that for him personally this would be unacceptable choice where Serbia would actually decide to cast under feet something that is its vital national and state interest for something elusive.
Asked who and when sent such an ultimatum to Serbia, Djuric said it was happening in the last two or three days, as a direct part of the talks that were held in Brussels last week and talks that the Prime Minister had with various international officials.
He believes that the fact that Serbia was given until Sunday to decide on whether it accepts or not the grotesque draft agreement according to which the assets of Telekom Srbija would be transferred to Pristina and an agreement according to which the signal coverage would not be not only on the entire territory of Kosovo, but would not be as it is now, which leads Serbia’s citizens in the position of second-class citizens, and would permanently alienate Serbian property from Serbia.
“Serbia faces a difficult challenge and difficult exam. We have to fight to provide the best possible conditions for our people in Kosovo to be able to survive. We have to protect, regardless of all the pressures, our state and national property in Kosovo and Metohija. I am convinced that we cannot do this by accepting unprincipled ultimatums,” said Djuric.
According to him, when representatives of the EU or Pristina are asked what would we as a state or people get with the acceptance of such a draft agreement, the answer is always silence. “When we say that we do not need such an agreement, then let’s not touch anything, or change, the answer is again silence. There is no real answer,” said Djuric.