INTERVIEW OF HRH
ALEXANDER II FOR DAILY NEWSPAPER “KURIR”
KING SAVES SERBIA
Crown Prince is sending a
message that Serbia urgently needs Monarchy that is more cost-effective
and more efficient for citizens than Presidential system
Crown Prince Alexander
II Karadjordjevic in his exclusive interview for Kurir sends a message
that after the dissolution of the state union of Serbia and Montenegro
we need stability, unity, continuity and positive image for Serbia, that
can be possible only with Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy.
What we need in Serbia is
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. 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.
We need as soon as possible new image and we can use the examples of
kingdoms like Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Canada etc where there a
positive image, stability and full democracy.
How to reach Monarchy?
There are several ways
that we can implement idea of the Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy
in Serbia and one of them is certainly through Parliamentary
Do you believe that
your proposal can get the support of the people on the referendum?
It is important that our
people understand what a Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy is.
Please do not forget that during the dictatorship the regimes went out
of the way to vilify constitutional parliamentary monarchy and now our
people nave the right to know the democratic side. There are people who
confuse absolute republics and absolute monarchies with democratic
monarchies and democratic republics. In Constitutional Parliamentary
Monarchies and Democratic Republics there are democratic elections and
the difference between the two is that the head of state in
Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchies is not connected to any
political party and is not a member of any political party. In a
democratic republic the head of sate is the president who comes from a
political party and is a member of a political party. Serbia must have a
neutral head of state so that the democratically elected government
function normally so as to avoid the constant bickering. By the way we
must not ignore on the other hand the financial benefits of
Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy where there are no elections for
the head of state there are parliamentary elections. The cost of
presidential elections every four years is cut out, but the cost of
parliamentary elections is maintained. Don’t forget the pension of the
president and continued security after leaving office – not the case in
Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy. The president has a large staff
and the Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchy has a small staff since
the Prime with his cabinet rule the country.
Have you discussed your
suggestion with politicians in Serbia recently and what is their
reaction? Who explicitly supported you and who opposed the idea?
I have met with many
politicians 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. This must be made very
clear that there is no exclusivity or privilege for any political party.
There is for everyone friendship, meeting point, unity, continuity and
stability. All parties I repeat all parties benefit from the neutrality
of Constitutional Parliamentary Monarch. The ruling affairs of the
country fall on the democratically elected government.
President Tadic clearly
said two days ago that “Serbia is republic and it should remain
republic”. What is your comment?
That is democracy and the
voice of democratic expression must be fully allowed and protect in any
democratic environment. I 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 friends. Serbia would greatly benefit under a
constitutional parliamentary monarchy after elections when one of them
becomes the prime minister. Our people want stability and so do they.
What is your message to
the people of divided Montenegro?
I am very sad about
Montenegro. It is absolutely vital for both Serbia and Montenegro that
we both have the best of relations. The governments of the two countries
must go out of the way to act maturely just like all the countries in
the European Union to get on with each other and to be like brothers and
sisters. We depend upon each and we are related to each other. We must
have superlative relations with all our neighbours and Europe as a whole
and the world too. I would like to remind everyone that relations
between the Constitutional Parliamentary Monarchies and Republics who
are members of the European Union are excellent.
What is your message to
the Serbian people in Bosnia and Hercegovina?
We can all move ahead with
democratic process where the art of the possible is found. It is clear
that brothers and sister in Republika Srpska. What cannot be done is to
rock any boat; the way forward is only with mature and constructive
negotiations with the help of the European Union. What must be done is
to work on dialogue and friendship with everyone in Bosnia and
Herzegovina regardless of their religion or Ethnic origin. We live in
democratic Europe just look at the European Union Members. We must not
despair and we must conquer through friendship and negotiations our
politicians have a difficult task, but by having a plan and strategy
there is hope. We cannot be guided by conspiracy theories we are
responsible for our future and what shape it will take.