The Head of Serbian diplomacy, Ivica Dacic, told Serbian public broadcaster RTS on Friday that this week he will say the name of the 15th country that withdrew the recognition of Kosovo.
Dacic said for RTS that in this moment less than 100 countries acknowledge ”the independence of so-called Kosovo”.
„The President Vucic told me not to work on that this week lest we turn out to be stubborn or that we do it because of Quint. We have continuous activity with countries that have recognized Kosovo or don’t have clear opinion about it, and we have started with a list that consists of 116 countries that recognized Kosovo, which the authorities in Pristina gave us. We have changed that list and now the number of countries on the list is below 100. There are 14 countries which withdrew the recognition”, said Dacic.
Regarding the newest provocations on Kosovo, where on the remains of St. Nikola Church in Novo Brdo, on a medieval Serbian fortress, is the flag of Kosovo, Dacic said that isn’t anything new and that it is about tendency to suppress the presence of Serbian people on Kosovo.
„This breaks the concept of those who advocate for an independent Kosovo, because it shows that by ethnic cleansing of Serbs, they have reached majority of the population on Kosovo and that at the time when Serbian monuments were created, and they are a part of Serbian history, that at that time they were minority, even according to the Turkish census from that time’’, said Dacic.
Regarding that, he also pointed out to Pristina’s effort to join UNESCO, stating that then was a tendency to declare these monuments Albanian.
„You heard what Hoxhaj said the other day, that hose aren’t Serbian monuments, but the monuments of Kosovo, you heard what they said for Dečane, that those are Albanian Orthodox people. We can alarm the international community, but the problem is that they don’t react to those provocations, there is no verdict of such events’’, said Dacic.
As he pointed out, there is no verdict of some other events, either.
„You saw the statement of Quint that they have equalized, tried to make fabricated balance of responsibility and guilt for the condition on Kosovo and Metohija, although Serbia has been very constructive this whole time’’, added Dacic.
Dacic pointed out that he hasn’t noticed any reaction regarding Novo Brdo, which is one of Serbian historical centres, as he says.
„That was a big city, it could even compare to some European capitals at the time, because it was well-known mine in Europe. Of course, there are Serbian churches and monasteries. That’s why it was their wish to join UNESCO, so that Serbian treasure can become Albanian, but they didn’t manage to do it’’, said Dacic.
The Head of Serbian diplomacy appeals to the international community, because those objects are in the territory where the biggest part of population are Albanians.
„As a consequence of ethnic cleansing, Serbian people are a minority. The international community has taken on the obligation to protect the rights, believers and cultural and historical monuments. Let them show just one Albanian monument from that time. That’s why they are taking ours. There isn’t one because there has never been one. By that, they would admit that they have participated in ethnic cleansing’’, he said.