Why was the occupation of Kosovo not declared in 2005?

Why was the occupation of Kosovo not declared in 2005?
Why was the occupation of Kosovo not declared in 2005?

IN THE LAST days, and after the ultimatum delivered by the Western Five to the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, the cover of “Večernje Novosti” from November 2005 has been widely shared on social networks.

Photo: D. Milovanović

On it, the message of the Holy Council of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, which told the deputies of the National Assembly, before the session on Kosovo and Metohija, took center stage: Declare the occupation.

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That strong message from the church dignitaries, cemented by the consoling words of the then Patriarch Pavle that “everything that was stolen in history was cursed”, was sent to the people’s elected officials gathered in those days to pass the Resolution on the mandate for political discussions on the future status of Kosovo and Metohija.

The text was adopted with 250 votes “for” and 29 “abstentions”. This document was the basis for the adoption of the platform for the first round of negotiations on the future status of our southern province.

The then government and deputies did not listen to the bishops. The occupation was not declared, and everything that came later put our side in a disadvantageous position. The Vienna negotiations under the baton of Marti Ahtisaari gave birth to a plan named after the Finnish diplomat, which included the supervised independence of Kosovo. That document was overturned by Russia with a veto in the UN Security Council. And the closer the fake state came to the unilateral declaration of independence at the persuasion of the mentor, the more noticeable were the cracks in the Serbian ship steered by Vojislav Koštunica and Boris Tadić. They were lit up by celebratory fireworks in Pristina on February 17, 2008, and only four days later the fate of Serbian discord was tested.

On February 21, a grandiose public meeting “Kosovo is Serbia” was held in Belgrade, but the then head of state was not on stage. Tadić had an “urgent” visit to his Romanian colleague Trajan Basescu. In the audience were the lowest-ranking ministers from his Democratic Party.

Nevertheless, today certain “harder” derivatives of the DS, as well as the former DSS, in light of the latest blackmail from the West, propose a radical and harsh response from the state, regardless of the possible consequences. Regardless of the fact that in 2005 they had the opportunity to do so. It was enough just to listen to the SPC.

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The article is in Serbian

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