The Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, said today that Serbia remembers and calls the pogrom in Kosovo and Metohija by its true name, which happened on March 17, 2004, but that she wants to “bring that history of suffering and uncertainty to an end.”
At the state ceremony on the occasion of the Day of Remembrance of the Pogrom in Kosovo and Metohija at the National Theater in Belgrade, Brnabić said that with the responsible and courageous policy led by the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, they strive to bring this history of suffering and uncertainty to an end.
“Let’s not forget the past, but let’s lay the foundations of the future where children can peacefully enjoy their childhood, and their parents know they can create something for them that won’t be destroyed in the next generation.” Our national interest is peace and stability, we do not want the main feature of Serbian-Albanian relations in the future to be the expectation of a new conflict”, said Ana Brnabić, reports Beta.
She said that it is important to try to close that page of history, in order to “open the pages of the future”, and that “it is a path without a real alternative for future generations”.
The Prime Minister said that “the red lines are absolutely clear when it comes to Kosovo and Metohija” and that “Serbia will never be able to agree to some things, but will continue to do everything to make it better for it and everyone in the region.”
She pointed out that “that future is not built by a Serbia that agrees to everything, and that agrees to humiliation”, but a Serbia that is “stronger than it has ever been, that leads an independent policy in accordance with its national interests and the interests of all citizens who live in it.” “.
“The credit that Serbia is like this today goes primarily to President Aleksandar Vučić, but also to all citizens who believed in such a policy,” said Brnabić.
She added that March 2004 will forever remain in the memory of the Serbian people as the month in which more than 4,000 Serbs and members of the Roma people were expelled from their homes in Kosovo and Metohija, more than 900 houses and residential buildings were burned and destroyed as never before would return, and with that, 35 temples and dozens of churches were desecrated.
According to her, in 2004, “Serbia was weak and sad, which could not be called by its right name” and “sad was the impotence of the Serbian political elite in those years”, and only in 2013, when Aleksandar Vučić “took responsibility and started the fight for Serbia” ” the silence and the series of defeats were broken.
“It was only then, nine years after the pogrom, that the first memorial plaque was placed in Kosovska Mitrovica in memory of the victims of the March pogrom, then the Brussels Agreement was signed guaranteeing the Union of Serbian Municipalities, and only since then have we begun to commemorate our victims and misfortunes, and name things by real name”, said Ana Brnabić.
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