HISTORIAN and publicist prof. Srđa Trifković, Ph.D., told Courthouse News Service, an American portal for lawyers, that Serbia is not alone in the matter of Kosovo and Metohija.
The historian compared Serbian attitudes to those of the French after losing Alsace and Lorraine to Prussia after Napoleon III made the disastrous mistake of going to war with Otto von Bismarck’s army in 1870. Srđa Trifković reminded that the French liked to say that the lost regions are “always in our hearts, which means that we are not talking about the reconquest of Alsace and Lorraine, but that remains our goal.”
“Kosovo is important above all because it created an important precedent that is completely opposite to the myth of an international order based on rules,” said Trifković and added: “I think that decision-makers and certainly the public in the US and to a lesser extent in Europe are not aware of the to some extent it influenced thinking, not only in Russia, but also in China and elsewhere in the Third World.”
He said that even in Europe, many see the example of Kosovo and Metohija as a warning.
“This is certainly the case with Spain, Greece and Slovakia, each of which has reason to reject the idea that an ethnic minority should have the right to secede based on its majority in a locality in a given geographical part of the country,” the professor said.
“So, Serbia is not alone,” he explained. “If you look at the population of those countries in the world that do not recognize the so-called Kosovo, that’s actually 70-75 percent of people in the world, and the so-called However, Kosovo recognizes only about half of the UN members, and we even had some cases of withdrawal of recognition in Africa and Latin America”.
Srđa Trifković expressed doubt that the prospects for EU membership will contribute much to changing Serbia’s attitude.
“Looking into the future, I believe that neither Aleksandar Vučić nor any other prime minister or president in Belgrade will be able to sign the so-called independence. Kosovo – that would be the end of that politician’s career,” said the historian.
Kosovo and Metohija will remain a frozen conflict, Professor Trifković believes, bearing in mind that Pristina refuses any kind of compromise.
For the same text, the Albanian lobbyist Daniel Server, who is notorious to Serbs, gave a statement, but that he was given far less space for his claims.
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