Although he said he didn’t want to meddle in Montenegro’s internal affairs, Serbia’s president, Mr Aleksandar Vučić, did exactly that in today’s press conference following the meeting with the Serbian Patriarch Irinej. Mr Vučić says somebody in Montenegro is trying to create new church. He points out that Serbia will fight for the rights of its people in a democratic and non-violent way.
“As far as the situation in Montenegro is concerned, we understand the point of view of the Serbian Orthodox Church. We must be more careful, because we don’t want to do what they did to us”, Me Vučić said.
He thinks it is irrational that politicians create churches.
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"Razgovarali smo o odnosima države Srbije i Srpske pravoslavne crkve. Poštujući jedni druge, dobro razumemo potrebe jedni drugih i imamo dobar dijalog o svim važnim i ključnim temama za naš narod. Srpski narod ne želi da ga odvajaju od matice, to je jedan, jedinstven narod, ma gde da živi. Za nas je veoma važno da Srbija i Crna Gora moraju da budu najbliže države, ali moraju da razumeju koliko je ovo za nas bolno pitanje. Mi Srbi tražimo samo jedno, da naši ljudi budu svoj na svome. Oni vekovima tamo čuvaju svoj identitet. Radićemo sve što možemo, poštujući državu Crnu Goru, njenu državnost i nezavisnost. Borićemo se za prava svog naroda, demokratski, nenasilno i daćemo sve od sebe da budemo uz svoj, srpski narod u Crnoj Gori." – Predsednik Republike Srbije Aleksandar Vučić sastao se sa Njegovom svetošću patrijarhom srpskim gospodinom Irinejem.
“This is very difficult for Serbian people. The goal is to make Serbian people disappear. This is only the beginning. After this, you will have attempts at Orthodox Church in Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia… We never threaten, but we are always threatened”, Mr Vučić said.
Serbs don’t want to be separated from their homeland, Mr Vučić adds.
“It’s one nation, wherever they live. It is very important for us that Serbia and Montenegro remain close. Serbs want only one – to feel at home in their faith. We are going to do our best, fight for the people’s rights in a democratic and non-violent way”, Mr Vučić pointed out.
Patriarch Irinej said that “the situation Serbs and Serbian churches are in is more difficult than ever”.
“What’s happening now, couldn’t be seen during the Ottoman Empire, not even during communism. The goal is to expel Serbs and destroy Serbian Orthodox Church. I am wondering if Mr Milo Đukanović is aware of the situation he created more or less”, Patriarch says.