Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić declared that he will not attend the upcoming Council of Europe Summit in Reykjavik next week because German authorities refused to allow CoE members to recognize the territorial integrity of Serbia.
The meeting in Iceland will mark the fourth summit of the Council of Europe since its inception in 1949. The meeting was called after a report of the “high-level reflection group” of the Council of Europe last fall reacting to the war in Ukraine. The Summit claims to address essential issues for the respect of European rights and will include a declaration protecting the territorial integrity of Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia.
Vučić told reporters, “I decided not to travel to the summit in Reykjavik, since they are ready to trample on the territorial integrity of Serbia. Our country will be presented in Reykjavik at the lowest level and Serbia will not vote in favor of their declaration on the protection of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia... We will not prevent its adoption, but it will not be passed unanimously.”
“I am ready to suffer all their insults because I am ready to protect the UN Charter, I adhered to the principles related to Serbia and the UN Charter,” Vučić continued. “We are ready to support the territorial integrity of Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia, but we are not ready to give up our own territorial integrity so easily, as some want to do on our behalf, and long for us to do that.”
Serbia had submitted an amendment to the proposed declaration that called for respecting the territorial integrity of all CoE member countries. Germany, however, which has actively worked to undermine Serbian territorial integrity, worked behind the scenes to quash the proposed amendment.
“After the decision by which they make it clear to us that they are ready to trample on the integrity of Serbia and the UN charter, we made our decision,” Vučić added. “We realized that territorial integrity exists for those countries whose territorial integrity is recognized by them and not by the UN, so their desire will be to protect territorial integrity where it suits them, and where it does not suit them, so much the worse for the territorial integrity of that country. When the decisions of the UN are in accordance with their wishes, that is fine, and if the UN comes up with something different that is not in accordance with their wishes, so much the worse for the UN Charter.”
“They are unable to accept the position of protecting the territorial integrity of all other members of the Council of Europe as well,” the Serbian President declared, pointing out the hypocrisy of the Great Powers who control the CoE. “They brought the UN Charter and the international order to absurdity. And they want to lecture us, on top of it all.That is why it will be remembered, if only in history textbooks, that a small freedom-loving country was the only one that adhered to international public law and the U.N. Charter, and that its President did not want to participate in a farce and did not want to go to Iceland.”