The real theme of Brussels talks is the independence of Kosovo. If Kosovo was an independent state there would be no talk about it. Therefore the failure of the latest round of the negotiations should be encouraging for anyone who has taken Serbia warmly close to his heart. Kosovo is far from independence regardless of all the “advancement” and “progress” in the dialogue under patronage of Cathy Ashton and Philippe Riker, and all the diplomatic acknowledgements that came with it. Everybody following the barrage of heavy artillery fire from all the weapons launched from the side of locale political collaboration and foreign representatives dreaded the Brussels capitulation happening 20th of March (read the text “Seventh Round” by NikolaVrzić in this issue of “Pečat”). Luckily for us, it never happened. Serbs, managed to successfully resist, somehow. The defiant ones, easily recognizable among “intense afternoon contacts on communication line Vučič-Dačić”, the day in question, deserves not only our understanding but also our support.Heavy weight of pressure that, the government in Serbia was exposed to, will seem like the day at the park among the lilies of the field, compared to the hell of a pressure that we all are going to experience during the period ending with April 3rd, when the negotiations Taci- Dačić are expected to be resumed.
At the “home field” the majority of people on one side and the majority of media and Serbian political parties of the opposition will test their strength against each other. Many a pens and speakers are bursting to pounce on the guilty parties for the fact that Kosovo haven’t accomplished its actual, true independence as early as this 20th of March, meaning that the Serbs in Kosovo would be at the mercy of Albanian autocracy. The most important thing is that we are, apparently left short of this famous Date. Finally the validity of established and unique value system by which everything against will of the people is excellent and everything benefitial for the people, wrong or bad. The more the reforms are bad for the people, the better!It will be the continuance of the conflict of two opinions, points of view, about the world and history. By some, getting the date for negotiations about acceptance in the EU is equal to the end of the world as we know it and the beginning of who knows what. For them, failure to achieve gaining a nothing short of a cataclysm.
For us, of much different opinion, every date laid before us is a part of an ongoing history of struggle for Kosovo, never stopping, never seizing and is continuing with no visible end or conclusion.
Nowadays testimonies of this ongoing fight are the words of our Patriarch Irinej and The conclusions of joint municipalities Assembly sessions in Kosovska Mitrovica
Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej:
“Recognition is a completely alien concept for us. Any type of recognition is out of the question, just as is any type of partition (of Kosovo),” the Patriarch Irinej told a gathering in a fully packed famous “ Five” amphitheater, at Belgrade University’s Faculty of Law, during the event, organized by university students, named, “Kosovo – the most costly Serbian word”.
“The current state of affairs (in Kosovo and Metohija) is a state of occupation. We hope that, just like any other occupation, it will not last forever,”
The patriarch noted that during the March 17, 2004 violence – when ethnic Albanians targeted Serbs and Serb property in Kosovo – 150 Serb churches and monasteries and 950 homes were destroyed.
“Kosovo was and must remain ours,” Irinej stated, and added that a just solution must be found, “because otherwise Kosovo and Metohija will be a ticking time bomb which will bring nothing good to either Serbs or Albanians”.
“We did not lose Kosovo, we are fighting for Kosovo, and we hope that we will prevail.. The first condition for preserving Kosovo and Metohija is our unity,” the patriarch said.
He stressed that Serb cemeteries were “ploughed” during the March 17 violence, and singled out the desecration of graves as “the climax of criminal and uncivilized behavior”.
“They wish to erase our traces, for us to leave nothing behind,” Irinej stated, noting that “all this was happening right before the eyes of, and with the blessing of the civilized Europe “.
The conclusions of joint municipalities Assembly sessions in northern Kosovo 19.03.2013.
Српски народ на Косову и Метохији, историјски је државотворан и равноправан са српским народом у преосталом делу Републике Србије, па самим тим има и историјска права и стварне интересе да остане да живи на Косову и Метохији као саставном делу Републике Србије, и да му то право не може нико ускратити.
Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija, historically are State-building nation and equal with Serbian people in the remaining part of Republic of Serbia, therefore it has a historical right and real interest to remain living in Kosovo and Metohija as integral part of Republic of Serbia.
Serbs in Kosovo are historically state-building and equal with the Serbian people in other parts of Republic of Serbia, which implies that they have historical rights and interests to remain and live in Kosovo-Metohija as an integral part of Republic of Serbia, and this right cannot be denied
Institutions of Republic of Serbia are present and functional at the north of Kosovo and Metohija. Negotiations in Brussels, which allegedly have the goal of legalizing and replacing Serbia’s institutions in Kosovo with so called Serb institutions by using the association of Serb municipalities, would practically mean the withdrawal of the Serbian government from Kosovo.
It would also mean the end of Serbia’s authority, change of the constitutional and legal system and a legalization of secession. In that case, all attributes of statehood would be lost and it would be irrelevant whether Serbia has formally recognized Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence or not.
Thus we urge, again the Constitutional Court to decide on the constitutionality of the Brussels agreements and the Serbian government’s provisions made for their implementation. Also we demand that the negotiating team halt the negotiations and blind acceptance of the imposed and conditioned solutions.
We demand from the state institutions of Republic of Serbia and the foreign representative’s organizations and institutions that the will of the north Kosovo citizens expressed at the referendum on February 15, 2012 should be respected, while the international community should stop implementing double standards.
Furthermore we demand from the state institutions of Republic of Serbia and the foreign representative’s organizations and institutions to provide without further delay and by the concept and method used for the return of the Kosovo Albanians, all the necessary conditions for a safe return of displaced Serbs and non-Albanians, who were expelled from the province in 1999, and protection of private, social and state-owned property in Kosovo-Metohija from usurpation and illegal privatization by Albanians and Kosovo institutions .
We strongly condemn the latest series of violent incidents in which Serbs were victims, while their property, cemeteries, and cultural heritage were targeted by vandals. Everything that can be construed as presence of the State of Serbia in Kosovo-Metohija, from school children to institutions of Republic of Serbia are the targets of fierce attacks. We demand more determined and stronger disapproval of uncivilized and violent behavior demonstrated by the Albanian extremist and representatives of institutions of so called Republic of Kosovo towards citizens of Serbian nationality.
In such a situation, where violations of the Constitution and laws of Serbia would continue and the rights of the Kosovo Serbs would be breached and their interests endangered, and if the conspiracy actions towards turning the Kosovo Serbs into a national minority, or ethnic group continue, the members of the committees of all four assemblies of northern Kosovo municipalities, e.g. Zvečan, Kosovska Mitrovica, Zubin Potok and Leposavić, would form a northern Kosovo parliament as the highest representative and legislative governing body based on the right of every people to self-organization, self-determination and free political, economic and social development..
In Kosovska Mitrovica,
Pečat no. 260, 22.03.2013.