Published On: Mon, Apr 22nd, 2013
News | By M. Stoiljkovic
Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) criticized Brussels agreement
BELGRADE – The Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) believes
that the initial agreement proposal between Belgrade and Pristina in
Brussels constitutes ‘an indirect and silent but still practical’
recognition of the government system in Kosovo-Metohija which is
independent of Serbia’s government structures, and warns that the price
of Serbia’s potential EU membership would be the formal recognition of
an independent Kosovo.
There is no doubt that after such a prohibitive price for the fabled
date of accession talks with an unknown number of new conditions and
uncertain outcome, the price of EU accession itself would probably be
embodied in the formal recognition of an independent Kosovo by Serbia
and its obligation not to interrupt Kosovo’s path to UN membership, the
Synod said in a release.
The Synod recalled that the initial agreement proposal between Belgrade
and Pristina was signed by Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and the
Kosovo prime minister, ‘an individual wanted by the Interpol’.
The Synod noted that this undeniably seems as a complete withdrawal of
Serbia’s institutions from the territory of its southern province and
setting up limited autonomy of the Serb community in the area to the
north of the Ibar Bridge in Kosovska Mitrovica within Taci’s establishment.
SPC believes that the situation is further aggravated by the fact that
the Serbian government agreed to an uninterrupted European integration
process for Taci’s Kosovo, and underscored that the agreement does not
refer to Metohija which has a strong Orthodox and Serb note to it, and
there is no mention of Serbia in the context either.
This is more of a simple surrender or some sort of a bargain with the
most important territory in spiritual and historical terms which has
belong to Serbia for centuries, SPC said and added that this move was
designed by major masterminds to mark the 100th anniversary of the
liberation of the old Serbia from the Ottoman Empire after five
centuries of slavery.
SPC believes that even a partition of the territory would make a fairer
and more sustainable solution compared to the agreement (reached in
Brussels), the SPC Synod said and asked about the reasons behind the
visit of Serbia’s high delegation to Moscow several days ago if it was
already willing to accept the maximum possibilities which was below the
minimum of the desired.
The Synod called on Serbian MPs and the president to determine and
reconsider their moral and historical responsibility before God, the
history of Serbia and their own conscience when deciding whether to
grant or deny the consent of the Republic of Serbia to such an agreement
SPC also called on Serbs not to recognise the tyranny of force and
injustice and to view Kosovo-Metohija as their country for all times
while at the same time regarding it as the land of the ethnic Albanians
who have been living there together with Serbia for centuries.