22 Sep 2022 02:30 GMT
In his speech at the UN General Assembly, the Serbian president asked what is the difference between the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and that of Serbia.
The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, recalled this Wednesday, during his speech at the UN General Assembly in New York, the precedent of Kosovo in relation to the question of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and denounced the double standards of the West.
“From many speakers we hear stories about the aggression and violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, many say that it is the first conflict on European soil since the Second World War. But the truth that the integrity of a country in Europe was violated by first time, i.e. from Serbia […] remains persistently silent,” said the president, aforementioned by local media.
Along these lines, he asked the leaders present: “What is the difference between the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and that of Serbia, which has been grossly violated, and to which many of you grant international recognition and legitimacy?” Likewise, he underlined that many western countries “repeatedly trample on territorial integrity” of Serbia by recognizing the independence of Kosovo.
“We will continue to advocate for constant respect for the principle of inviolability of borders, respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all other UN member states,” he reiterated. “Despite our position, many in this room still have problems respecting the territorial integrity of Serbia. You wonder why? Because they have the power and we are small and weak in their eyes,” he concluded.
Resolution 1244 of the UN Security Council, adopted on June 10, 1999, confirms that the autonomous province of Kosovo and Metohija is part of Serbia. However, the Kosovar authorities unilaterally declared the province’s independence in February 2008. More than 60 countries, including Russia, India and China, as well as five EU states, oppose its recognition.
Tensions between Belgrade and Pristina rose sharply on July 31, threatening a confrontation between the two parties. The escalation was triggered by the Kosovar authorities’ intention to ban the use of Serb license plates (vehicle plates or license plates) and identity documents on their territory.