Our aim is to make Serbia a democratic country and to help it become a part of Europe.
The crown-prince, Aleksandar Karadjorjevic talked with the diplomats, representatives of different political parties, church, non-government organizations and journalists in Athens.
We asked him to comment his speech concerning a joined action of the Serb opposition and a mutual election list.
" We can bring democracy to Serbia. Our politicians must put aside their private problems. They should create a policy of changes for all the fields of activities. They must be ready for the elections and they must show to people that they are united," the crown-prince answered.
-Do you think that you can make the opposition overcome their disagreements and make that crucial move?
" I can reword your question: are they happy in Serbia? Is it better to live in isolation or in democracy, in which the society would flourish? The Serb opposition has to unite in order to accomplish these aims. It can achieve democratic changes only if it is united. As responsible people, we cannot allow the unsuccessful options."
-The Serb Renewal Movement thinks that the mutual list of candidates shouldn't be discussed, since the electoral conditions are still unknown.
"I understand the problem they are talking about but my duty is to solve these problems. The citizens' interest must be at the first place. I'm presently working at the formation of a neutral and independent organ that could fulfill the requests of all the parties. We must work together."
-What do you think about formation of the Council of democratic forces of Serbia, which would reach the decisions vital for the actions of the united opposition?
"That option is seriously considered because the Church and Crown are neutral parts of the Serb tradition and they can find the solution of that problem."
-The Serb Renewal Movement invited you to come to Belgrade and help with the unification of democratic forces.
"I have always wanted to return to Serbia. But I don't need an invitation to come home. It's nice to get an invitation from a party, but the Serbs as a nation represent my political base. I'm not a member of any political party and I respect all parties which emphasize their democratic principles. When I return I will meet all political leaders."
-Apart from the official political activities of the opposition representatives, diplomatic activity is also present. It is unofficial but an important part of this gathering.
"We are in a country which has democratic tradition and which is a member of the EU. Since the gathering is in Athens, it's normal that different people are interested in it. The Serb regime, flourishes in isolation. It's obvious that it wants to give a negative connotation to this gathering. The Serb authorities work against the interest of their people. Our aim is to make Serbia a democratic country and help it become a part of Europe."
-How do you comment the resignation of Mr. Aleksis Rondos, a high official with the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after the speech at the opposition's gathering?
"Greece is a free country with free media. Greek media seize every opportunity to give political connotation to an event. However, I believe that the Greeks understand that our aim is to bring democracy to Serbia."
-James Dobins met you and representatives of the Serb opposition. What was the message of the USA?
"Both the EU and USA are extremely important for our future and our economic development. Bombing was a criminal act and I sympathize with the families which lost members of their families. The Serb regime abuses that pain and the objective damage. It cannot be tolerated. This meeting with the representatives of foreign countries contributes to the democratic changes in Serbia. We hope that the wakening of democracy in Serbia will bring great economic help. We shouldn't forget that the EU established a fund of 3 milliards Euros. The money will be sent to Serbia after the democratic changes."
-This is a very delicate moment for the future of Serbia. Can the opposition be prevented from taking contra productive steps which can be useful to the regime in Serbia?
"I have always been against the sanctions. They were harmful for people, not for the regime. The regime needs the sanctions in order to survive. Whenever I meet representatives of other countries, I raise the question of the abolition of sanctions. I always ask them to help the Serb people. The regime's policy has always been anti-Serb and anti-democratic. That's why we have lost majority of friends in the world. The Greeks and Russians proved their friendships, but those friendships will become stronger when Serbia becomes a democratic country. Our main aim must be the change of the regime."