- Posted September 7, 2012 by
NEBOJSA KRSTIC - SERBIA NEEDS DEMOCRATIC PARTY
The answer is not simple. The previous government,in the mandate of Boris Tadic, haqs arrested and sent to The Hague the remaining indicted war criminals Karadzic and Ratko Mladic. It has also enabled Serbia candidate status for the EU membership. The new government, however,is sending ambivalent messages about the foreign policy orientation of the country, and a recent poll showed a significant decline in enthusiasm of the citizens for EU membership. For Serbia to go forward, to reform, there must be enthusiasm and energy of citizens. Yet, it is to be seen whether the new government will have the knowledge and power to change the current apathy.
What is your view on fact that Democratic Party is opposition in Serbia?
As a member of the Democratic Party, of course, I'm not happy with that, but I am aware that Serbia today, with this government, more than ever, needs a strong, democratic and pro-European opposition. The only party which can do that is DS. The global economic crisis is still strong, the economic situation in the country is serious, and the new government has not yet come out with a plan and a program to combat the crisis and job creation. That's a concern. So DS has to present itself as an alternative to the new government which is made up, for the most part,of the politicians who were in power before the fifth Democratic revolution in October 2000.
How important are the relations between Serbia and the United States?
Relations between the U.S. and Serbia are vitally important. During the mandate of Boris Tadic, our bilateral relations have been on an upward trajectory. Serbia has successfully completed the cooperation with the Hague Tribunal, participated in the dialogue with Pristina in a way that provided peace and neighborly relations that were better than ever since the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. The visit of Vice President Biden and Mrs. Clinton to Belgrade are best witnesses are of good quality of the relations between the two countries.
Is it true that foreign ambassadors are influencing politics in Serbia?
Such things are often subject of tabloid press speculation, but what in what I am sure is that the previous government had quality contact with foreign ambassadors and with state authorities. I'm sure none of them came out of the scope of their normal diplomatic activities.
What are the three most important things that the new government has to change?
The government has not yet responded to combat the economic crisis and how it will reduce unemployment. To define its foreign policy priorities, and it is still unknown how they will resolve the Kosovo problem. Before we ask for something to change, they would have to be responsible on the matter where are we going and how we are going to get there.