Djuric: Serbia wants peace in the Balkans

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Source: Ambasada Srbije u SAD

Serbia is appalled by the idea of another regional war, and for President Aleksandar Vucic and the Serbian Government, maintaining peace and stability in the Balkans is an absolute priority, Serbian Ambassador to the United States Marko Djuric emphasized in an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal.

"While I appreciate Ivana Stradner and Mark Montgomery's inclination to explain foreign relations in the Balkan region, I am deeply disappointed to have read their misguided characterization of Serbia's intentions under the headline 'Putin Wants War in the Balkans' (commentary published on March 18). I can confidently assert, as someone with intimate knowledge of Serbia's history and future aspirations, that my country is appalled by the idea of another regional war. Contrary to the authors' argument, maintaining peace and stability in the Balkans is an absolute priority for our President Aleksandar Vucic and our government," Djuric underscored.

He pointed out that over the past decade, Serbia had rapidly expanded its economy.

"Attracting 65 percent of all foreign direct investments in the Balkans — Serbia has inaugurated, promoted, and developed initiatives for regional cooperation such as the 'Open Balkan' platform and nurtured strong relations with all continental partners, including Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy particularly publicly thanked President Vucic at the Summit in Albania last February for the support to Ukraine," Djuric reminded.

He emphasized that Serbia had actively sought the engagement of the European Union and the United States to prevent Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti, who had faced global condemnation for oppressing 100,000 Serbs in Kosovo, from destabilizing the Balkans.

This, he pointed out, was just one way Serbia continued to advocate for decades of stability in the region.

"That is truly all we want," Djuric concluded.