Selakovic: There is no point in opening UDBA files

The Foreign Minister of Serbia, Nikola Selakovic, visited Bulgaria on January 20, 2021. He was welcomed by the Bulgarian Foreign Minister, Ekaterina Zaharieva, and during his visit, they discussed the bilateral co-operation, infrastructure projects, and the situation of the Bulgarian minority in Serbia.

Nikola Selakovic was also welcomed by the President Rumen Radev and the Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. The BGNES News Agency asked Mr. Selakovic when Serbia would open the files of the secret police of the communist regime, which was accountable for the massacre of thousands of innocent citizens. Mr. Selakovic replied with: „I do not know whether we are the last European country to do this or not. I am a statesman, we are not afraid of anything because a long time has passed. As far as I remember, some of these archives were partially opened in the ministry I head. I do not know what good the opening of these files has brought. The parties that have dealt with the issue have lost the confidence, and the Serbian citizens want to join the EU.” According to Selakovic, the most important issue are Belgrade's relations with "its southern Serbian province" Kosovo, recognized in 2008 as an independent state by the United States and most EU member states, including Bulgaria. The BGNES Agency showed interest about the role of the current Serbian president, Alexander Vucic, who used to be the Minister of Information between 1998-2000 in the government of Yugoslav dictator Slobodian Milosevic. In the Kosovo conflict, Selakovic, explained: “The civil war was conducted in countries further west from us. In 1999, Serbia was the victim of NATO aggression. At the time, the current president, Alexander Vucic, was a Minister of information. He worked so that the state would be proud of him. " The Serbian Foreign Minister expressed a great respect to President Vucic, who’s a close ally of his. /BGNES