Serbia rejects independence proposal
By Paul Martin
17 March 2014
Serbia, 바카라 스토리the only EU member state to reject a vote in the European parliament by an overwhelming majority of 62 to 53 percent, announced on Thursday it would not consider independence. The decision comes on the eve of the European Council’s meeting in the Hague on March 23.
In a press release issued following the meeting, Secretary-General of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic said: « It is a regrettable event which has caused unnecessary friction and created tensions with European partners and friends. We reject this result and the decision of the European parliament. European partners and friends should not treat Serbia as a second Crimea. »
The Serbian Republic of Kosovo, which voted for independence last year, has followed suit. On Wednesday, the Serbs in Kosovo also backed the EU resolution, which has been endorsed by 52 nations in the European parliament.
Vucic’s statement comes just days after a report by the European parliament’s foreign relations committee in Brussels recommended that Serbia be granted membership of the EU, and a report prepared by a working group of the European Parliament’s foreign relations committee said that the resolution in Brussels was too vague to provide effective protection to Serbian citizens from the violence that has rocked eastern and Balkan cou에스엠 카지노ntries since October. The work group also noted that the resolution would not deal adequately with problems within the Serbian state.
The Kosovo referendum, held on March 9, passed decisively in the Serbs’ favor by a margin of 61 percent to 39 percent. However, the vote also proved divisive, as many Serbs expressed support for Kosovo while voicing concern about the possible economic consequences of independence. In the eastern Serbian region of Srebrenica on Tuesday, in the worst mass killings since the Second World War, some 6,000 people were killed and over 15,000 injured. The killings, which were largely blamed on members of the Serbs’ ethnic Albanian minority, were followed days later by the announcement that the Serbs had defeated the Bosnian Serb ar포커my.
The referendum in Kos was preceded by intense opposition from many countries. The prime minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, which backed the EU resolution, was attacked by a group of demonstrators on Saturday while holding a speech in which he accused the EU of ignoring the problems of the « Serbian majority » in the area and the need to « reshape the region. »
In his press conference with European ministers on Thursday, the Belgian foreign minister said he would b