Kosovo rejects Vučić's untruths in his speech at the UN
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo, Donika Gërvalla, rejected all the statements of the president of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, in the speech before the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization, where he accused the West that by recognizing Kosovo "they violated brutally the Charter of the United Nations and Resolution 1244".
Vucic connected the issue of Ukraine with Kosovo. According to him, "what happened to Serbia in 2008 is happening to Ukraine today". He has accused the West that by recognizing Kosovo "they are denying the principles that protect them today" linking it to the Russian occupation of Ukraine and the West's support for Ukraine.
"As the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of the Republic of Kosovo, I strongly condemn and completely reject as untrue and an attempt to distort history the statements regarding the Republic of Kosovo, made by the President of Serbia in his presentation today before to the UN General Assembly, where he, among other things, sees the origin of Russian aggression in Ukraine in the independence of Kosovo, and shamelessly claims that in 2008 what happened to Serbia happened to Ukraine today", he wrote in the reaction on Facebook, Gërvalla on Thursday evening.
She reiterated the facts that Kosovo was declared independent on February 17, 2008 as a fulfillment of the will of the people and that the declaration of independence does not constitute a violation and that this has been decided by the International Court of Justice.
"With these slanders and attempts to distort history, the President of Serbia has severely misused the floor of the UN General Assembly. If there is a similarity between the Russian aggression in Ukraine and the case of Kosovo, it is only in the fact that today Russia has targeted Ukraine and the Ukrainians, just as Serbia in 1999 targeted Kosovo and the Albanians of Kosovo. This is the reason why the Republic of Kosovo today supports Ukraine without any hesitation in its just fight against the Russian criminal aggressor. At the same time, it seems clear that this is the reason why Serbia continues to support Putin's Russia, as the President of Serbia openly and without hesitation confirmed in the same speech at the UN", said Gërvalla.
She continued that with this speech, Vuçiqi violated the promises he made to the European Union "when he accepted the Agreement on the Road to Normalization between Kosovo and Serbia, dated February 27, 2023, and the Implementing Annex dated March 18, 2023, Article 2 of which clearly defines that relations between Kosovo and Serbia will be built based on the principles of the UN Charter, especially those related to the sovereign equality of states, mutual respect for independence and territorial integrity".
Gërvalla said that based on that agreement, Vuçiqi before the UN should have called for Kosovo's membership and not launch untruths.
She also accused Vučić and Serbia of distorting the facts about the accusations that Kosovo is blocking the dialogue.
"The blocker of the dialogue is Serbia and its President, who has refused to sign the Agreement, has told international mediators that he accepts it, while telling the public in Serbia that he does not accept the full Agreement. Perhaps such declarations of the man who was a close collaborator of the war criminals Slobodan Milosevic and Vojislav Sesel might even surprise someone in the West who continues to believe that the current President of Serbia is a possible democratic partner of the EU and NATO -s. But this is not a surprise for the Republic of Kosovo and its citizens, who know Milosevic's former propaganda minister, today the ruler of Serbia and Putin's ally in the Balkans, very well. They also know the politics he represents, which unfortunately continues to hold hostage the entire Western Balkans region, first of all the Serbian people themselves," she wrote further.
At the end of the reaction, Gërvalla called on the international community, especially the EU and the USA, to condemn Vucic's language and to remind him of the obligations he received with the reconciliation expressed in Brussels and Ohrid.
During the speech, Vuçiqi accused the US president, Joe Biden, of violating the principles.
"Here, in this hall, just two days ago, we heard the president of the United States [Joe Biden], talking about the most important principle in relations between countries, about respect for their territorial integrity and sovereignty... the only trouble in this was that only a few hours after his speech, he met the president of the so-called Kosovo, which is considered by the most powerful countries of the West as the president of an independent country, emerging from the territory of the Republic of Serbia" , he expressed.
The President of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani, declared on Thursday that President Biden has given strong guarantees for the continuous American support for Kosovo.
During the speech, Vuçiqi directly accused the prime minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, of increasing ethnically motivated violence against Serbs.