Jovanovic: Vucic pointed out the difficult situation in Kosovo and the ethnic cleansing of Serbs at the session in New York

Vladislav Jovanović
Source: Kosovo Online

Diplomat and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Vladislav Jovanovic, assessed that the speech of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic at yesterday's UN Security Council session made a well-argued point about the dire situation in Kosovo and the ethnic cleansing of Serbs, which not only continues but is also accelerating with often unacceptable and drastic provocative actions, such as the abolition of the dinar, the deployment of police forces where it is not allowed, among others.

Jovanovic told Kosovo Online that the president's speech was impressive, both systematic and far-sighted, effectively portraying the current situation, which is extremely unfavorable for the Serbian and other minority communities in Kosovo.

Additionally, Jovanovic noted that President Vucic called on all responsible parties, including the United Nations and the Security Council, and referred to the statements of the British and American ambassadors for their incompleteness and lack of accuracy.

Jovanovic points out that President Vucic also highlighted that the UNMIK report was not complete and entirely adequate to the situation on the ground, which, he adds, is much more complex and requires a higher degree of concern than is apparent and felt in the report itself.

Furthermore, Vucic reiterated Serbia's readiness to continue being a reliable partner in maintaining peace and security and addressing the problems in Kosovo through dialogue, and he emphasized the need to strengthen UNMIK, both in terms of authority and staff.

"UNMIK has not yet met the expectations, effectively leaving it to the Albanians in Pristina to pursue their goals without serious disturbance from UNMIK, nor has UNMIK cooperated sufficiently with KFOR in maintaining the essence of the decisions stemming from Resolution 1244. This speech was crafted for both the present moment and future historians because it very systematically and comprehensively assembled all the fact-based elements necessary for a complete understanding of the situation in Kosovo and Metohija during this period and in the longer period preceding it," said Jovanovic.

Jovanovic also observed that the meeting in the Security Council had polemical moments in which President Vucic promptly and convincingly responded to what he described as provocative and unprincipled remarks by Vjosa Osmani, who tried to divert the discussion about the situation in Kosovo to past incidents and to diminish the argumentation presented by the president, as well as to shift the Security Council's focus from primary to secondary issues.

"The president did not fall into that trap; instead, he promptly responded and steered back to the right path, which is the path of responsibility of the Security Council and the responsibility of the local authorities in Pristina for a large number of failures and criminal attempts to not only continue, but also accelerate the ethnic cleansing of the Serbian community, often through unacceptable, drastic provocative actions such as the abolition of the dinar and the deployment of police forces where it is not allowed," stated Jovanovic.

The president's speech, which was intended for both the present and the future, was necessary because it presented a view of the situation in Kosovo that could be significant given the uncertainty of the overall situation in the world and the region, added Jovanovic.

"Attention has been drawn to all who wish to hear and understand the complexity and seriousness of the situation and the avoidance of those international bodies charged with maintaining order and peace there from facing all the real problems, difficulties, and violations by the authorities in Pristina. The president's speech has left valuable material for others to reflect on the situation in the southern province and the potential consequences that this situation may have on the overall state in the region if it is not overcome by already agreed decisions such as the CSM and ending the distinctly anti-Serb not only policy but also hysteria that is being led from Pristina towards members of the Serbian community in KiM," emphasizes Jovanovic.

Commenting on the fact that Vjosa Osmani brought women to the session whom she said had survived crimes by Serbian forces, as well as being her advisors, Jovanovic points out that this is not customary practice.

"This is a kind of free interpretation of the right of someone who is called to express their opinion, whether they are a UN member or not, to use that right according to their interpretation, and this measure of tolerance for them confirms the distinctly pro-Albanian stance of the western members of the SB who do everything, if necessary with the help of theater and some scenes, to divert the conversation from the main problem - which is the ethnic cleansing of Serbs and the non-compliance with Resolution 1244 and previous agreements in the Brussels Dialogue on these secondary matters in the past that could have happened, but does not necessarily mean they did happen, or which can be invented or imagined as is the case when things from the past are repeatedly brought back into discussions in the present," assessed Jovanovic.

Regarding the impact of President Vucic's speech, Jovanovic says that as before, friends and sponsors of Kosovo's independence will do everything to limit the possible impact of the speech on the wider public opinion and continue to direct events in Kosovo as a fait accompli.

"For them, Kosovo is a politically completed issue, that is independence, and Serbia has only to accept this independence in the shortest and fastest time possible, which is served by various agreements they refer to such as the Ohrid Agreement. However, they overlook one thing, and that is that national minorities do not have the right to self-determination, and then not to a state, and that without the consent of the parent state Serbia for their voluntary exit made with the help of NATO aggression, nothing can be finally realized," says Jovanovic.

According to him, the problem for Western countries is how to entice Serbia with attractive offers, such as EU membership without Kosovo, and also plans and promises of large investments in order for it to forget about Kosovo.

The problem is that Serbia decisively will not do that.

"They will have to, therefore, return to the problem of Kosovo sooner or later, and that is that the problem of Kosovo cannot be solved by self-proclamation, but must be resolved within the framework of international law, which is within Serbia as Resolution 1244 says," says Jovanovic.
Pointing out that they consider Resolution 1244 outdated, Jovanovic highlights that their problem now is just how to get Serbia to agree with it.

"That is their only problem, battle, and interest, and if they cannot do it alone, they try to do it with the help of the authorities in Pristina, who are given carte blanche to implement all measures to discourage Serbs from remaining in KiM. That is the concept of ethnic cleansing which, according to them, should be accelerated because they think if there are no Serbs in Kosovo, then there is no problem," emphasizes Jovanovic.

However, as he notes, this is not at all in accordance with international law, nor with the policy of Serbia and the Security Council.

"That is a problem they do not know how to solve, but one day they will have to return things within the framework of Resolution 1244, and the problem of Kosovo with Serbia should be resolved in Serbia, not outside of Serbia," concluded Jovanovic.