Dacic announces new withdrawals of recognition of so-called Kosovo in 2020
When we embarked on the diplomatic offensive, 117 countries were recognizing Kosovo. Now that number is 97 - Dacic explained, stressing it was additionally bad that we didn't have diplomatic relations with some countries
"When we embarked on the diplomatic offensive, 117 countries were recognizing Kosovo. Now that number is 97," Dacic explained, stressing it was additionally bad that we didn't have diplomatic relations with some countries.
Ivica Dacic pointed out that the year behind us was difficult in many fields. Not only for Serbia, but also in international relations, where there have been major tectonic disturbances in relations.
"Macron's visit certainly marked 2019 diplomatically. There were also visits to Putin, the arrival of the Russian president in Belgrade," Dacic explained.
He said that many changes happened around to the world as well - the US and EU are no longer on the same side, because they take different views on many issues. The US realized that China was its main enemy. There's Brexit, and EU's transformation.
"In such a world, we were looking for a place for Serbia," Dacic said.
Analyzing today's policy of Milo Djukanovic, Minister Ivica Dacic quoted some statements made by the president of Montenegro.
"In 1990, Djukanovic said that Montenegrins are proud of their Serb origin and Montenegrin statehood," Foreign Minister Dacic quoted Djukanovic as saying.
In Montenegro, Serbs are losing their jobs because they are Serbs. And that's merely for declaring themselves to be Serbs, the head of Serbian diplomacy claims, and in support of this statement, presented some official data.
"In Montenegro, 29 percent of the population are Serbs. While there are only five percent of Serbs in the state administration. They get fired when they declare themselves as Serbs. Even the brother of my security chief, who is from Bijelo Polje, was fired because he declared himself to be a Serb. This is a persecution of the Serb people," the minister explained.
Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic spoke about pressure against Serbs.
"The goal is to have as few Serbs as possible in the next census. In 2003 there were 32 percent, and now there are 29 percent," Dacic said, adding:
"We must set our own goal. Our goal is to protect the Serb people, for them to have the right to their identity, to express themselves freely as Serbs wherever they are in the world."
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