Following the declaration of the independence of Kosovo, relations in the region rapidly deteriorated focusing policy towards the next conflict. After uninspired negotiations between Belgrade and Prishtina, the independence of Kosovo ushered itself as the only viable alternative. Finally, the 2007 Ahtisaari Plan put a halt to the passivity to resolve the Kosovo issue anticipating the creation of an independent state of Kosovo.
Youth Initiative for Human Rights (Initiative) strongly condemns the statements by the Minister of Defense, Aleksandar Vulin, and the Secretary General of the President of Serbia, Nikola Selaković, made during yesterday’s gathering of the former officers of the Third Army of the Army of Yugoslavia (VJ) entitled “Do not Forget” in the Army Center in Niš. The main guests of the gathering included two convicted war criminals, Nikola Šainović and Vladimir Lazarević, who addressed the participants as the last commander of the VJ Third Army.
The internal dialogue on Kosovo should not start from the zero point as if there were no previous negotiations. The executive is obliged through dialogue to remind the public of the already taken international obligations on the basis of which policy towards Kosovo should be created.
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Youth Initiative for Human Rights (Initiative) sent a letter to the executive and legislative authorities offering suggestions to improve the forthcoming internal dialogue on Kosovo. The dialogue cannot be staged pro formae, but recognized as a unique opportunity to change the attitude of Serbian public towards Kosovo which should no longer be based on myths and falsification of reality.
“That’s why it is, important, or more important than ever, to look into the mirror, boldly, clearly see all the scars, wounds and shortcomings on our own face, but also to try to heal as much as possible, not giving up in desperation because of the problems with which we face. ”
Aleksandar Vučić, President of the Republic of Serbia (July 24, 2017)
President Vucic’s strategy to announce the internal dialogue on Kosovo in May without any first talking points, without the established framework, without even participating in it, succeeded completely, and soon, out of the all possible interlocutors, he will remain the only one, which is the most comfortable position for him.