Serbia: Referendum on Constitutional Amendments by year’s end, according to Dacic

The deadline for holding a referendum on changing the constitution is by the end of the year, said Serbian National Assembly Speaker Ivica Dačić.

He said if parliamentary elections were to take place next year, changes to the constitution would have to be approved before parliament could be dissolved.

He stressed that consultations on amending the Constitution will be held today, which will be attended by Prime Minister Ana Brnabić, Minister of Justice Maja Popović, Chairman of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs Jelena Žarić, as well as representatives of the judicial working group.

Dacic reminded K1 TV that it is a matter of changing the provisions of the Constitution regarding the judiciary.

He also said that no one is pressuring the countries of the region and Pristina to adopt the resolution on Srebrenica, but that this is flattery and the creation of an atmosphere in which only Serbia does not condemn genocide.

Dacic told K1 that Serbia never justified the crimes committed, but that a situation should not be created in which only one crime should be punished, but not crimes committed against the Serbian people.

“If one wants to be fair, then one must condemn all crimes,” Dacic said.

Asked if the text of the resolution on Srebrenica in Pristina was the same as the one adopted in Podgorica, Dacic said he did not read the text, but assumed it was “the same cliché”.

“I think for many years no one has invented words that would be specific, but various resolutions are being passed around the world that end with one thing, to condemn genocide, and that should not surprise us at all, said Dacić.

He recalled that Montenegro adopted the resolution on Srebrenica in 2011, which condemned the crime, but said the resolution was probably inappropriate because it did not mention “genocide”.

Dacic said Serbia had previously called on all other countries’ parliaments to condemn all crimes, adding that no one has done so far.

He asked what would happen if Serbia passed a resolution on the Jasenovac genocide and if Croatia understood if it turned against its people.

“The situation is a sad situation that crime against Serbs is not news and does not deserve attention,” Dacic said.

He added that with these resolutions, the view is back to the past, and with such a view, he emphasizes, the region can not go too far. /ibna

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