With the Brussels and Ohrid agreements, the resolution of the Kosovo problem has been returned to the normalization track that leads only in one direction, stated in the FoNet interview the president of the Forum for Ethnic Relations, Dušan Janjić, who thinks that the most realistic and responsible thing would be to hold extraordinary elections in Serbia in September.
As he noted in the Kvaka 23 series, the novelty of this new agreement, “which was certified in Ohrid”, consists in the fact that normalization is defined as “mutual good-neighborly relations”.
So it is not an interstate issue, Janjić explained in a conversation with Zoran Sekulić and emphasized that this agreement leads to the European Union (EU) and NATO.
Now the conditions for membership in the EU are being measured, whoever leaves the agreement or does not apply it will not remain on the path to the EU, he pointed out and noted that the “game” in which years are wasted will no longer be tolerated.
There is no more buying time in Kosovo in order for Kosovo to be an alibi for all other issues, Janjić specified, but he emphasized that time was bought for the formal recognition of independence.
This can happen in 10, 15 and 20 years, he predicted and noted that the most important thing for politicians is that they do not do something historic during their mandate.
“Currently, this story is in the sphere of their old ideologies and lies, that is, manipulation of citizens. They have like some red lines, so they will take them out one day, and they know very well that that day will not come and they pray to God that it will not come”, Janjić believes.
Asked whether the two sides will sincerely implement what was agreed in Brussels and Ohrid, he replied that the intention is probably not to dispute the intention to try to do something, but that neither Vučić nor Kurti really believe that they can change themselves so much and its politics.
That is why they will try to compensate for it with some other topics other than Kosovo, Janjić estimated and pointed out that in the case of Serbia it could be a slowdown in democratization or some military strategic change of direction.
Each change of direction buys you 10 to 15 years, so they have a lot of resources at their disposal, he said and warned that a collapse of normalization is possible, since “it is not guaranteed that that train will end up where it started”.
I don’t see democracy as a won value. It is currently reduced to only a procedure, and the problem is not in that, but in the absence of value, Janjić presented.
Asked if Vučić had a mandate to negotiate the European proposal on Kosovo, he answered in the affirmative and emphasized that the president of the country can lead international politics.
The second part of his mandate stems from the concentration of power, although it is not completely legal and legitimate, explained Janjić.
In addition, as he noted, the West sees in Vučić a man who has the tools and who has guaranteed them that he will deliver a solution.
Asked what is left of Serbia’s sovereignty in Kosovo, Janjić said that the illusion has not yet been completely shattered, but that “the brutal reality remains – that there is no sovereignty”.
Referring to the formation of the Union of Serbian Municipalities (USO), he said that this autonomy will probably not be called that and reminded that in Kosovo mayors and municipalities have a lot of power and that is why he does not see any Serb who would give up that power, “in the name of some coordination called the Union of Municipalities”.
There will be policy harmonization, but I think it is better to form the Serbian National Council, which would coordinate all activities and all actors, than the ZSO, which will be “created, but will not have and cannot have any executive power”, Janjić believes.
As for the Serbian List, its era has passed, it has done part of its work, Janjić interpreted and stated that the barricades were its last task, “although it was done by professionals and well-coordinated teams assisted by the state of Serbia”.
The time of the Serbian List has also passed with the voters, they have not fulfilled any of their promises, claims Janjić and announces that a serious personnel and personal political cleansing in the direction of multi-partyism among the Serbs is ahead in Kosovo.
According to his view, the catch now is whether, before the elections in the municipalities in the north of Kosovo, scheduled for April 22, Belgrade will manage to reach an agreement on filling the institutional and security vacuum, and on that “now we have a lot to lose and a lot to gain.” “..
Janjic sees the demands for a referendum as “dreams of some failed politicians”, while the People’s Movement for the State describes it as “territorial defense against the fictional ultra-right which in fact is controlled by other means”.
According to him, the danger of the ultra-right is that it could encourage “pro-Russian and Russian-paid people in SPS and SNS to change sides”.
That is why the solution will be sought in the elections. Vučić will legitimize the policy he leads with a fierce campaign and eventually elections, but that does not stop the implementation of the agreement on Kosovo, Janjić said.
Asked when the extraordinary elections could be held, he answered that he attended some international simulations and estimated that it would be the most realistic and responsible for them to be held in September.
I think that Vučić will not miss this opportunity to further legitimize himself before the EU and America, believes Janjić, who thinks that the opposition seems not to have been informed about the upcoming elections.
If anyone thinks that this charade with Šapić has anything to do with strengthening the opposition, they are mistaken, he said and noted that a serious preparation is underway to clean up the list that will represent the SNS.
So, that movement and SNS. It is that unique list, where people from that movement with less mud on their backs and cheeks will be put in the foreground, Janjić believes.
Asked about the behavior of the pro-European opposition towards the Kosovo agreement, he replied that, with the exception of the Movement of Free Citizens and the “red-green” coalition, he does not understand what they are saying at all, nor do they understand that now is their chance.
Evaluating that the issue of sanctions against Russia is constantly present in Serbia and that Vučić is constantly calculating something, Janjić pointed out that the Russians are already working on several looms here and that now they will not throw all their cards on the table, but will deal with challenging the legitimacy and slowing down the agreement.
Sanctions are not relevant, there is a political game at work over the control of Serbia, so they will certainly continue to torment us. And in September, when the elections will be held, and after them, Janjić is convinced, and warns that energy security will never return to Serbia’s hands.
Asked about the European perspective, he predicted that Serbia could count on EU membership in 2030, if it accelerates the normalization of relations with Kosovo.
But this does not yet mean entry into the Schengen zone, nor would it be the introduction of the euro. Just before we get to the euro and Schengen, there will be a reorganization of the EU and here we are in the so-called. the Balkan-Turkish federation, within the framework of the European political community, concluded Janjić.