World underestimates Balkan peoples, Serbia’s Vucic says
Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic said on Monday it was not his job to interfere into Macedonia’s internal policy following a referendum on country's new name, but added that Europe should be more responsible, the B92 website reported.
Speaking in Moscow where he is supposed to meet Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, Vucic said he “fears that some people around the world underestimate Balkan peoples and think that anything is possible.”
“(They) >> Pročitaj celu vest na sajtu N1 televizija << think – we’ll see if it can with the people… if it cannot, then we’ll try to pressure the parliamentarians… if that isn’t possible either, doesn’t matter, it has to be done,” Vucic said.
He added he respected the accord agreed by Macedonian and Greek Prime Ministers Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras in June for Macedonia to be called North Macedonia.
However, the turnout to a referendum in Macedonia on Sunday on the Skoplje-Athens agreement in exchange for Greek support for membership in the European Union and NATO was lower than required, and if the parliament could not pass it with the two-thirds majority, an early election should be called.
Zaev declared victory regardless of a low turnout, based on yes vote of over 90 percent of those who cast their ballot.
However, Vucic said he would never call such result a victory. “That’s an impossible situation for me. There is a democracy, there are constitution and laws to be respected, and then someone doesn’t like the people’s decision.”
Referring to Zaev's words, Vucic said that “if the people’s stand is like that, doesn’t matter if I think otherwise because I believe that our future should be dealt with more responsibly. My job is to honour my people and to understand the messages they send,” Vucic said.
The opposition to the deal, ending the 27-year-long dispute that prevented Macedonia from starting the Euro-Atlantic integration, has been steadfast in both Skopje and Athens.
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