BANJA LUKA — Serbia will on Monday ask the UN Security Council to condemn the unilateral use of force by the Kosovo Albanian authorities in northern, Serb areas of Kosovo.
This is according to Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić, who spoke in Banja Luka, RS, on Thursday.
“What happened in July in Kosovo was caused by the fact someone wished to send special forces to the north of Kosovo, and everything that happened afterwards was a consequence of that decision,” Jeremić said after his meeting with the president of the Serb Republic (RS) entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik.
Dodik told reporters that the issue of Kosovo was at this time the key question in the region, and that the RS would “in this context follow the position of Serbia”.
He noted that the Serb Republic would not give agreement for Bosnia to recognize Kosovo.
“Bearing in mind the role of Bosnia-Herzegovina as the (non-permanent) member of the UN Security Council, we will try to arrive at a unified position on the level of Bosnia on this issue, especially having in mind the unilateral use of force by the so-called authorities of Kosovo, in the events that caused this latest crisis,” said Dodik.
Jeremić said that he informed Dodik about the stances presented by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit to Belgrade earlier this week, and added that those were “important messages that will have strategic consequences on the situation in the Western Balkans”.
Dodik concluded by saying that the ties between the Serb entity and Serbia were “improving every day”, noting that Serbia and the RS were harmonizing programs related to education, and that other projects “will continue”.
Jeremić was also asked to comment on Croatian PM Jadranka Kosor’s statement in Priština on Wednesday that Croatia was “Kosovo’s best friend in the region”, and that this “old friendship” was renewed “during the last war against the regime of Slobodan Milošević”.
“With friends like Jadranka Kosor, who needs enemies,” said Jeremić.