BELGRADE: Several thousand men and women gathered in Belgrade to protest towards a Western-backed offer to normalise ties involving Kosovo and Serbia, which they look at as recognition of Kosovo independence.
Serbia’s constitution considers Kosovo an integral part of its territory, even while it declared independence in 2008 with US and European Union backing. Bilateral ties want to be mended for Serbia and Kosovo to accomplish their strategic goal of joining the EU.
Protesters held Serbian flags and banners looking through “Kosovo is not for sale,” “Serbia, not European Union,” and “No to capitulation.”
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is because of to meet Kosovo Primary Minister Albin Kurti and EU officers on Saturday in Ohrid, North Macedonia, to explore implementation of the offer on normalising ties the two events agreed to final thirty day period.
“I assume the offer indicates that we recognise Kosovo, which is not satisfactory,” reported Bogdan, a 26-year aged university student protestor who declined to give his last title, in an job interview.
Protesters in entrance of Saint Sava Church in Belgrade walked to the presidency creating.
“This is just the start out of the protest,” claimed Milos Jovanovic, leader of the Democratic Occasion of Serbia, which was a person of the protest organisers.
“It (the deal) is certainly a recognition (of Kosovo), whether you say it explicitly or whether it is implied indirectly it is still recognition and it is not satisfactory.”
In 1999, the North Atlantic Treaty Group (NATO) bombed Serbia in response to the expulsion of greater part Albanians by Serb forces in Kosovo.