The “Blic”, 16 July 2005
Peace and monarchy is what Serbia
The possibility for Serbia to become a parliamentary monarchy is not
yet included in the present political deals, and although many people
support such form of state, no one wants to make a first step – is the
conclusion based on the conversation with Crown Prince Alexander
However, on top of his wish list, just before the celebration of his
60th birthday, is not the re-establishment of monarchy, but the wish for
- When my Godmother, Queen Elizabeth asked me at the celebration of
my 50th birthday what my birthday wish was, I said I would be happy if I
celebrated my 60th birthday at my home, in my country, with my people!
That wish came true! What could I wish for today? I am a man of peace,
and my wish is to have peace and to live in it, surrounded by our
families, friends, good will and love. Wit peace, and in peace, we can
work on achieving the most ambitious plans and projects. Without peace,
we can’t achieve anything – says The Crown Prince.
He sees monarchy in Serbia as a “focal point for meetings and
discussions and not for arbitrary decision making or bargaining about
the importance of the past or the projects for the future”.
- The fact that many individuals in both ruling and opposition
parties support this idea, represents in the best possible way the
advantage of the concept of parliamentary monarchy. However, politics is
a matter of daily opportunities, priorities of the moment, and party
negotiations. I understand that, and our situation in that respect is no
different than in any developed parliamentary democracy. But our
problems are more acute, more serious, particularly regarding the
decisive influence of foreign factors and the fact that we must solve
our problems in circumstances that significantly discourage making big
and brave steps.
Are you satisfied with the status of The Royal Family in Serbia?
- There is a huge difference between our status in Serbia today and
the one we had only five years ago. By that I mean, above all, the
relationship with the government and public relations, which have been
dramatically improved. On the other hand, I am not quite content, for I
believe that cooperation in the public affairs might be and should be
more intensive. This is no criticism, but simply a feeling that there is
so much room for doing more, and we all have so little time.
Are you satisfied with what you have achieved so far concerning
coming of the foreign investors to Serbia?
- Of course I am not quite satisfied. I praise every successful
contact that has been made and I think the competent state officials are
also aware of the potentials that exist and that are at their disposal.
However, I am aware of the dimensions of our needs and of our general
situation and I know I have no right to stop or to be self-content whit
Who are the greatest allies of Serbia today?
- The greatest allies of Serbia are the citizens of Serbia. We don’t
have bigger friends than ourselves, nor bigger enemies than our
weaknesses which we refuse to get rid of.
What are your relations with President Boris Tadić and Prime
Minister Vojislav Koštunica?
- Excellent. I appreciate very much both Mr. Tadic and Mr. Kostunica,
and I have been in contact with them ever since they both were the
leaders of the democratic opposition. I have excellent contacts with
most of Serbian politicians, regardless of the political option they
represent. Where the contacts are weaker, my door is always open. Anyone
who works abiding the law and respecting elementary rules of democracy
is not my enemy, but my collocutor.
When do you expect the property of The Royal Family to be
- At this moment I can’t answer to that question. It is anyway up to
the efforts of the Parliament and the Government to solve the problem of
property and restitution in principle and in full, for without it, one
can’t go on into European integrations and recovery of the country’s
legal system and economy.
What is the value of the property?
- It would not be good if the outcome of restitution of someone’s
depended on its value. You either have the right to something or not.
The Royal Family’s property has several levels of value: historical,
artistic, cultural, sentimental and economic. How you evaluate it,
depends on your standards and interests.
By Ivana Cvetkovic