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Serbia: President appeals for Kosovo compromise in assembly report

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W/S Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic entering Assembly, Belgrade
M/S Members of Assembly of Republic of Serbia applauding
M/S Members of Assembly of Republic of Serbia applauding
SOT, Aleksandar Vucic, Serbian President (Serbian): "My job as the president of the Republic of Serbia and I do not always have to love it, I don't always have to feel good about it, is to tell people the truth. Bitter, sometimes unpleasant, and whatever it is, but still the truth. But because of the truth I'm talking about, do not ever think that I will not fight for our people in Kosovo and Metohija. Many of those who know the truth, but won't say it, would gladly wage war, but in those wars, other children have to be killed rather than their own children, and they give us patriotic lectures every day but should not give lectures to anyone."
M/S Members of Assembly of Republic of Serbia *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Aleksandar Vucic, Serbian President (Serbian): "I think that the whole debate should start with the answer to an important question: What do we believe in, in the lies or in the truth? Without this answer, we will not even know exactly what we are capable of, how much we can, where the exact boundaries of our country, our dreams, our reality are. Where is Kosovo, where is Metohija? Who governs it and where are we, Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija? Can we, who were unlawfully bombarded because of Kosovo, to whom they killed children, committed aggression against, to count on international law and justice? Who are our friends, and do we have the right to be hostile to those on whom our future depends?"
M/S Members of Assembly of Republic of Serbia
M/S Members of Assembly of Republic of Serbia
SOT, Aleksandar Vucic, Serbian President (Serbian): "Are we our own friends when we refuse to face the truth? Njegos (Serbian - Montenegrin poet) said: 'Self-deception is pernicious for both people and nations.' Do we in Serbia know that? If we deceive ourselves, it does not mean that in the end we will be able to deceive ourselves, and that we will not become anything else, that we will not have Kosovo in Serbia tomorrow, by holding to a broken fantasy. If it is not worth the fact that we blame reality, selectively choose information, try to fit everything into what we want. It is not by accident that Isidora Sekulic (Serbian poet) said: 'We are a people who do not really believe in reality and do not like reality. Until we don't know it, we dream about it, and when it becomes known to us we underestimate it. We never had faith and love for reality."
W/S Assembly
SCRIPT
In an Assembly speech which lasted almost for two hours in Belgrade on Monday, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic presented a detailed report of Brussels’s negotiations on Kosovo and Metohija, calling for a compromise on the disputed territory.
"My job as the president of the Republic of Serbia [...] is to tell people the truth, bitter, sometimes unpleasant," said Vucic, allegedly referring to the general recognition of Kosovo’s 2008 self-proclaimed independence from Serbia.
"Many of those who know the truth, but won't say it, would gladly wage war," warned Vucic, reportedly alluding to Serbian nationalists’ radical stance on Kososvo, treating any compromise by the Serbian side as treason.
The Serbia President repeatedly urged to the Serbians to tighten their grip on the ‘reality’ of the disputed Kosovo and Metohija territories adding: "We are a people who do not really believe in reality and do not like reality. Until we don't know it, we dream about it, and when it becomes known to us we underestimate it."