CROATIA, 30th May 2006.
Interview of HRH Crown Prince Alexander II
CROWN PRINCE ON HOLD
Serbian Crown Prince
Alexander Karadjordjevic was ready on Monday, 30th of May in
the Royal Palace in Belgrade to comment on the dissolution of the state
union of Serbia and Montenegro, and explained why he thinks that the
restoration of Monarchy is the best solution for Serbia.
your comments on the results of Montenegro referendum?
sad, but I wish them all my very best for the future. We will all come
together again within the European Union. We always have to work
together for the common good of everyone and this is the principle of
the European Union. Within the region, we must be good neighbours since
we will always need each other to survive as our economies will depend
upon good relations.
Serbian nation disturbed with those results?
is very sad and disturbed. We cannot standstill now we have to create
our future and concentrate on planning and strategy. There is much work
to be done to improve the quality of life of our people such as with the
creation of more jobs and social services through increases investments.
We cannot afford to lose anymore time since Europe is moving ahead.
your relations with Prince of Montenegro Nikola II Petrovic and his
time my wife and I met the Prince Nikola and his family in Paris it was
very friendly. We wish Prince Nikola and his family all the very best
and should they wish to visit us in Belgrade they are always welcome.
before, you stated that “Kosovo as a part of Serbia” is your dream. Do
you have the same dream today, and is there any chance that your dreams
extend to Montenegro?
will always be part of all our dreams and part of the Serbian hope; it
is like Jerusalem to us. I am sad about Montenegro, I have Montenegrin
blood in my veins and my dreams are there too for good relations and
RESTORATION OF MONARCHY
your comment on Draskovic’s appeal for restoration of the monarchy in
is welcome to support Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy, but I wish
to remind everybody that there is no exclusivity for any political
party. The principle of Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy is that
the king is above politics and is not a member of any political party.
The king respects all political parties regardless of their political
discussed that opportunity with someone from the Serbian Government?
have met with many politicians over the years and the interesting thing
is that there are many people in our political parties that would favour
Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy, but there is a lack of
understanding of the democratic benefits and lack of information how it
works such as in Spain, United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Norway,
Belgium, Holland etc.. In addition, everyone should understand that I
recognize all political parties and I am not a member of any single
political party. There is no exclusivity or privilege for any political
party. There is for everyone friendship, meeting point, unity,
continuity and stability. All parties benefit from the neutrality of
Constitutional Parliamentary Monarch. The ruling affairs of the country
fall on the democratically elected government.
your relations with Vuk Draskovic?
good relations with many of our politicians.
your relations with Serbian prime-minister Vojislav Kostunica and with
President of Serbia Boris Tadic?
deeply respect our President Boris Tadic and I am proud we are friends
just as I deeply respect our Prime Minister and I am proud we are
you oppose to the idea to have the referendum about restoration of
monarchy in Serbia?
possibility is good. What we need in Serbia is as soon as possible is
stability, unity and continuity and a positive image We need a neutral
head of state who is not a member of any political party and for the
democratically elected government the ability to rule Serbia without the
almost daily rhetoric between the two most important government offices
of our country. We need as soon as possible new image and we can use the
examples of kingdoms like Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Canada
where there a positive image, stability and full democracy. Serbia
cannot waste anymore time and our people are seriously disillusioned
with the lack of progress and results. We need to be a proud nation.
Serbia needs a future and must be at peace with itself and all its
the real possibility for the restoration of the monarchy in Serbia,
according to your opinion?
is the need to work more on grass roots. In the case of Constitutional
Parliamentary Monarchy in Serbia there has never been an informing
campaign of the merits and its democratic principles on the contrary the
people have been subjected to negative propaganda over the decades. Like
with all-important issues there must be an informative process and fully
democratic exchange of opinions minus useless recriminations. The funny
thing is that the Tito era went out its way to make friends and gain
favour with the European Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchs. I have
found many pictures in the palace of royal visitors and also many
pictures of dictators. Today we must all work together in our democracy.
royalists are today in Serbia?
are many people all over Serbia who believe in Constitutional
is no roll call.
your comment for the support of Serbian Orthodox Church you have
received three years ago?
proud that the Serbian Orthodox Church has been so supportive. I am also
proud of my relations with the Roman Catholic Church, the Muslims and
all other religions. My relations with all religions and ethnic groups
are also very warm.
would Serbs feel better in monarchy?
people and politicians would feel happier, at easy having a head of
state that is not a member of any political party, and respects them
regardless of their political affiliation. This
continuity. The politicians would benefit from the
government where the prime minister and his cabinet rule and the
parliament legislate without interference from the neutral head of
state. The people and politicians should understand that there is no
threat to them but rather a positive energy for them to fulfil their
tasks. We must not forget that the people would feel proud to have a
stable government and get on with the business for Serbia and that
domestically and internationally the image of our Serbia would greatly
What would be your role in
actual situation in Serbia?
role of the person that will put people together and respect everyone
and that will continue work on bringing investors to Serbia to create
SOLUTION FOR SERBIA
How would you resolve
actual political problems in Serbia?
on bring Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy. What we need in Serbia
is as soon as possible is to improve stability, unity and continuity and
have positive image We need a neutral head of state who is not a member
of any political party and for the democratically elected government the
ability to rule Serbia. We need as
as possible a new image and we can use the examples of kingdoms like
Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Spain, and Belgium, Canada etc where there is a
positive image, stability and full democracy
What is your stand in cases
of Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic?
must fulfil our international obligations
You have returned to
Serbia five years ago, in July 2001. What has changed since?
has been very hard for the people. There have been positive changes and
new jobs have been created, but there is much to be done move ahead. We
must have a plan and strategy.
Royal Compound has been
returned to you. Are you going to seek the other royal property as well?
have to wait for the Restitution Law.
What are your comments on
privatization in Serbia?
right of private ownership is a foregone conclusion in a democracy.
TO PRESIDENT MESIC AND
PRIME MINISTER SANADER I WISH ALL THE BEST
What is Your comment on
relations between Serbia and Croatia?
Relations have improved and must always be warm and productive. It is in
the interest of Croatia and Serbia that we work together for the common
good of both our people. We need each other to survive and we will join
each other hopefully soon in the European Union.
What is your opinion on
Croatian President Mesic and Prime Minister Sanader?
have been elected by the people of Croatia so I respect them and wish
them all the very best. Everyone must work for the common good of the
You were born in London, in
suite 212 of Claridges Hotel, declared as a Yugoslav territory by Sir
Winston Churchill. Since than, have you maintained friendly
relationships with leading British politicians and the Royal Family?
proud to have good relations with all royal families and numerous
politicians across the world.
You are a great
humanitarian worker: it is well known that you are dedicated to that
through Foundation of Princess Katherine, your wife, and also through
Life Line. What are the effects and results of your endeavours?
wife and I care about people and it gives much pleasure when we can help
those in need. I am very proud of my wife’s humanitarian work and that
of her foundation.