STATEMENT OF HRH CROWN PRINCE ALEXANDER II ON THE SITUATION
IN THE COUNTRY
Our country and its institutions are in a deep crisis.
That crisis is a result of the events in the past and the
current international circumstances. The outcome could be fatal for our state
and national interests. That could have long lasting negative effects on the
social, political and economic life. The consequences could also be fatal when
our future path and the future of our people are at stake.
That is why it is my obligation to react publically!
I hereby remind the bearers of state authority that they have
been elected on their posts. They - not I, and not someone else! That is why
they must take full responsibility for their actions. I am sure that everyone
will act in accordance with the Constitution. Not only that: they have an
obligation to think about the future and the perspective of development of our
society. The interest of any party or coalition can not be more important than
the interests of the people and the state.
All bearers of executive authority have, at the beginning of
their mandates, publically stated and supported several principles. The first
two principles on the list are:
The preservation and defence of the state entirety and
sovereignty, and joint actions in that regard, The European future of Serbia;
close, friendly relations with Russia and other countries; and being in peace
with the neighbours. Of course, all this is done with the aim to advance the
economy, health care, human rights, the rule of law, education, et cetera.
In short – for the better future of all our citizens,
regardless of ethnic origin or religious viewpoints.
I am sure that we all agree on these objectives and I am
ready to mediate, if that is wanted. We need harmony and unity in action.
Today I appeal to all political factors and I want a better
present and a better future for each and every one of our citizens. We all love
our Serbia. We are proud of it. We should not compete whose love is greater.
Unity and common interest is the key to solving these difficulties. I deeply
believe that all political factors, both in power and the opposition, should act
together. We have no more time to waste. Because of the present and in the name
of the future, while remembering the past!
In Belgrade, at the White Palace, on 8 February 2008