Belgrade, 13 February 2008 – Vojislav Koštunica has urged Serbs in Kosovo to stay “in their homes, in their province and in their Serbia.”

The prime minister said that the government’s decision to annul Kosovo’s unilateral independence was Serbia’s decision to reject once and for all a puppet state on its territory.

“The government’s decision to annul Kosovo’s unilateral independence is of historic importance as it represents Serbia’s decision to once and for all reject the existence of a sham state on its territory,” Koštunica said in a statement to Tanjug.

He said that as soon as the government adopted this decision, it would inform the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary-General of the nullification of all illegal acts pertaining to a declaration of unilateral independence.

“The final word of our common state and national policy is that no-one but Serbia may lay claim to the territory of Kosovo. No policy of force can deprive Serbia of that right, nor can Serbia be forced to renounce Kosovo under threats and blackmail,” Koštunica underlined.

According to the prime minister, “at a time when Serbia is threatened by the province unilaterally declaring independence under the leadership of convicted terrorists and under the patronage of the U.S. and the EU, we must focus all our forces on unrelentingly and at all times showing that Kosovo is an integral part of Serbia.”

“Our people in Kosovo should stay and live in their homes, in their province and in their Serbia. For the government of Serbia, each and every man in Kosovo is an equal citizen of Serbia enjoying full rights, and it is our obligation to do absolutely everything to provide normal living conditions for our people in the province,” he affirmed.

Source: Tanjug