Serbian President does not rebuke Minister’s call for unification of all Serbs under one state – Released
Serbian President Aleksandar VuÄiÄ refused to reprimand his interior minister’s call for the unification of all Serbs in the Balkans under one state.
“It is important that people know the official Serbian policy, which says that the borders of Serbia are untouchable and that we are not interested in the borders of others”, VuÄiÄ Told Pink TV from Serbia on Monday.
He did not condemn the repeated calls by Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin for the unification of all Serbs in the region under a “Serbian world”, a term reminiscent of Serbia’s policy of a “Greater Serbia” Which recently prompted the country’s wars against Bosnians, Croats and Kosovar Albanians in the 1990s.
“The task of this generation of politicians is to form a Serbian world, that is to say to unite Serbs wherever they live,” Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin said on Sunday during the celebrations of his party’s birthday.
“For the ‘Serbian world’ to take shape, Serbia must be economically prosperous, well governed and have an army capable of protecting Serbia and the Serbs, wherever they live,” he added during his speech. in the presence of President VuÄiÄ. .
Minister Vulin’s repeated call to unite Serbian minorities living in all countries of the Western Balkans this time sparked a reaction from several politicians in the region, who saw similarities with Serbia’s policy under President Slobodan Milosevic, the so-called butcher of the Balkans, for which Aleksandar VuÄiÄ served as Minister of Information was during the war against the Bosnians.
Bosnian Foreign Minister Bisera TurkoviÄ called on VuÄiÄ to reprimand his minister. Failure to do so would mean that official Serbia policy is to destroy and annex the part of Bosnia and Herzegovina inhabited by Serbs, she said.
“[Itâs] a worrying threat to Bosnia and Herzegovina which suffered aggression and genocide 26 years ago â, TurkoviÄ concluded.
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A politician from neighboring Montenegro, Predrag BoskoviÄ Express Similar concerns on Twitter: âUnfortunately, [Serbiaâs] neighbors have felt the consequences of this type of policy in the most brutal way – through enormous loss of life, material destruction and an economy lagging behind modern civilization.
Jasmin MujanoviÄ, a Bosnian political scientist, pointed out that Vulin âSerbian Worldâ is a reboot of Milosevic’s âGreater Serbiaâ.
âThe fiery Serbian Interior Minister reiterates once again that Belgrade’s ‘generational’ objective is ‘the unification of all Serbs’. That is, to redefine Milosevic’s âGreater Serbiaâ as âSerbian Worldâ. Irredentism [is] henceforth the official foreign policy of Serbia â, he said. tweeted.
In May, Vulin declared that the unification of the Serbs under one state is the only way to resolve the so-called “national question of the Serbs”. Living under the roof of the European Union is not a solution for the Serbs as they remain dispersed in different countries, he said, while assuring the Serbs that the unification process started under the leadership of President VuÄiÄ and that it cannot be stopped.
Serbia under President Aleksandar VuÄiÄ is working towards its entry into the European Union and has made more progress than the rest of the region.
At the same time, the country has strengthened its ties with Russia and China, as well as its military capability with supplies from both countries.
He recently held a major military exercise using heavy equipment purchased from Russia as NATO and its allies launched a military exercise in the region.
Serbia has refused to join NATO, has refused to join EU sanctions against Russia and claims to strengthen its army in order to protect the country from an invasion.
The Western Balkans have been the scene of the most horrific atrocities committed in Europe since World War II when Serbia, under President Slobodan Milosevic, fought Bosnians, Croats and Kosovar Albanians who wanted to create independent states after having broke with Yugoslavia.