The gathering was attended by several hundred citizens
Photo: Tanjug

A protest was held today in front of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU) in Belgrade against, as stated in the invitation for its holding, “anti-constitutional statements” by SANU President Vladimir S. Kostić about Kosovo, and it was requested to initiate his removal.

The gathering was attended by several hundred citizens and was addressed by the independent MP and former member of SPAS Vladan Glisic, the director of the Institute for European Studies Misa Djurkovic, and the student of the Faculty of Law Nemanja Vuckovic, who are also the organizers of the protest.

Kostic was reprimanded for recently, as a guest on the TV show “Newsmax Adria”, in which the host reminded him of his statement from 2015 – that Kosovo is neither de facto nor de jure part of Serbia and that someone should tell the people – said that “no one in this nation, not even the church, has a title to the truth when it comes to Kosovo and Metohija”, and that “the status quo (for Kosovo) does not exist”.

Glisic said that Kostic could not help but know what “de facto” and “de jure” is by vocation, and asked in what order Kosovo de jure is not part of Serbia.

– Kostić’s statements are intellectually indecent and irresponsible – he said, noting that other academics should “wake up” and “remember” that one man is ruining their authority and reputation.

That Kostić’s statement is “dangerous” and “harmful” is also considered by student Nemanja Vucković, who asked the president of SANU why he did not formulate his position in agreement with church dignitaries, Tanjug reported.

2015 statement

The gathering was attended by several hundred citizens, and was addressed by the independent MP and former member of SPAS Vladan Glisic, the director of the Institute for European Studies Misa Djurkovic and the student of the Faculty of Law Nemanja Vuckovic, who are also the organizers of the protest.

Kostic was reprimanded for recently, as a guest on the TV show “Newsmax Adria”, in which the host reminded him of his statement from 2015 – that Kosovo is neither de facto nor de jure part of Serbia and that someone should tell the people – said that “no one in this nation, not even the church, has a title to the truth when it comes to Kosovo and Metohija”, and that “the status quo (for Kosovo) does not exist”.

Glisic said that Kostic could not help but know what “de facto” and “de jure” is by vocation, and asked in what order Kosovo de jure is not part of Serbia.

Authority is collapsing

– Kostić’s statements are intellectually indecent and irresponsible – he said, noting that other academics should “wake up” and “remember” that one man is ruining their authority and reputation.

That Kostić’s statement is “dangerous” and “harmful” is also considered by student Nemanja Vucković, who asked the president of SANU why he did not formulate his position in agreement with church dignitaries, Tanjug reported.

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