Vasiljevic: Misrepresentation of Serbia is very bad

Misrepresentation of Serbia is very bad and we cannot let people have a wrong understanding of President Aleksandar Vucic's deep commitment to normalise relations and ensure lasting peace in the region, presidential media adviser Suzana Vasiljevic said Friday in a reaction to an article by former Sky News editor Tim Marshall...

14 Jun 2019 19:54

BELGRADE - Misrepresentation of Serbia is very bad and we cannot let people have a wrong understanding of President Aleksandar Vucic's deep commitment to normalise relations and ensure lasting peace in the region, presidential media adviser Suzana Vasiljevic said Friday in a reaction to an article by former Sky News editor Tim Marshall, published in the British newspaper City AM.

Marshall's assumptions about Serbia and Serbia's position on Kosovo are untrue and the Serbian side has never wanted to "freeze" the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, Vasiljevic said.

"President Vucic has never supported radical nationalists in Serbia. It is quite the opposite. He has confronted them regularly and consistently. And, as he said in a speech in the National Assembly of Serbia a few days ago, his role is not to tell the people only what they want to hear, but to say the bitter truth," Vasiljevic said.

"'It is time for us to choose between sweet lies and the bitter truth. My job as President of the Republic - which is not always a pleasant one - is to tell the people the truth,'" she quoted Vucic as saying.

To understand Vucic's position more clearly, the debate in the National Assembly is worth listening to, she noted.

As president of Serbia, Vucic is tirelessly trying to find a solution that would be acceptable, Vasiljevic said, recalling that Belgrade had taken part in every dialogue and in all talks, and that it had fulfilled its obligations from the Brussels Agreement.

"It has not always been easy or pleasant, but that is our duty," Vasiljevic noted.

We do not see that the other side is demonstrating the same determination, she pointed out.


Photo: Tanjug video file

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