World Bulletin / News Desk
Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic has said that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statement that "Kosovo is Turkey, and Turkey is Kosovo" is undiplomatic and does not contribute to political stability in Kosovo.
"The message by Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan is undiplomatic. Such words, uttered in Prizren, certainly do not contribute to political stability in Kosovo-Metohija or restore trust between Serbs and Albanians," Dacic told the Belgrade-based daily Vecernje Novosti.
The Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned on Thursday the statement that Erdogan made during his visit to Kosovo, underscoring that "such statements cannot be received as friendly", and that they "depart from assurances that officials in Belgrade get in contacts with Turkish colleagues."
"The statement is scandalous, and expect the state, but also the international community, to react," Serbian Parliament Speaker Nebojsa Stefanovic said in a live broadcast on Radio-Television of Vojvodina.
On Wednesday, addressing Kosovo citizens at the main square of Prizren town, Erdogan said that Turkey is Kosovo and Kosovo is Turkey.
He added that Kosovo and Turkish people have the same history and civilization and that it should not be forgotten.
“Languages can be different. Religion, sects, faces can be different, but we are all children of the same country,” said Turkish PM.
“My family, I and ministers of my delegation feel like at home. Today I greet all Albanians, Bosnians, Turks and Gorans,” he said.Last Mod: 25 Ekim 2013, 17:14