“An internal dialogue” on Kosovo and Metohija must neither “alienate nor gift it,” says Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej.

He made the statement after President Aleksandar Vucic spoke in favor of such a dialogue, in an op-ed published by a Belgrade-based daily.

“We appeal on our statespeople to never agree to the alienation of Kosovo and Metohija, because what is taken by force can be returned, but what is gifted is lost forever, and Serbs and Serbia must not allow that,” the patriarch told RTS.