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Serbia's FM: Montenegrin President overplays his hand by attacking Serb identity

February 13, 2020

Ivica Dacic, Serbia's Foreign Minister, said on Thursday that the Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic "had overplayed his hand with the Law on Religious Freedom," adding that "it happens when you attack someone's (Serb) identity," the news agencies reported.

He added that the protests against the law would be even stronger if the attacks intensified.

"Djukanovic hasn't understood the power of the answer to the attack on something that is not only politics but is also someone's identity, something that is in your genetic code, what is sacred to you, Dacic told the Belgrade Happy TV.

He recalled that Montenegro was facing elections and charged that the authorities launched a campaign for the country's independence and that they were bothered with everything Serbian.

Regarding Kosovo, Dacic said the most significant concession Serbia could offer was a compromise but did not explain what kind of settlement he was talking about. He added that yet another country was ready to revoke the decision on recognising Kosovo as a sovereign state, but did not say what was the country, because "they (from Pristina) immediately go there," adding that "we're working on that."    

The US and the European Union have insisted that Belgrade should stop the so-called anti-independence diplomatic activity and that Kosovo should withdraw the 100 percent import duties on goods from Serbia and Bosnia in November 2018, to create conditions for the resumption of Belgarde - Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations.

Pristina is saying it will introduce the reciprocity instead of taxes, while Dacic says Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic has told him to continue lobbying for the withdrawal of the recognition.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a568984/Belgrade-warns-Podgorica-of-stronger-protests-if-attacks-continue.html

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