BELGRADE, October 27. /TASS/. The West has cornered Serbia on the Kosovo and Metohija issue and the country has nowhere else to retreat, though it is not a reason to give up, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said in his address to the nation after a meeting of the Republic's National Security Council.
"Some people live to go down in history, saying that it is better to live one day as a falcon than 100 days as a mouse. I have nowhere else to run and nowhere else to retreat, and neither does Serbia, only the UN declaration, UN resolutions, international law, the desire to negotiate stand by us, while the rest stand by them. When you are cornered and have nowhere to retreat, you become relaxed and calm, like I am now. We have not been given a chance to make an agreement, and if we had had a chance we would have grabbed it," the president said.
Vucic also said that in the coming days, the procedure for the accession of Kosovo to the Council of Europe would start, noting that it would last about a year, and "the result is known."
Earlier, Serbs living in Kosovo and Metohija said they would offer peaceful, democratic resistance to Pristina if Kosovo Albanians start taking away their cars with Serbian registration plates. The leader of Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija, Goran Rakic, said that if Pristina's threats materialized, the Serbs would block all entries and exits to Kosovo.
Earlier, the Prime Minister of the unrecognized Kosovo, Albin Kurti, stated that the process of changing Serbian documents and registration plates should be completed by October 31, despite the requests of the five countries (the US, the UK, France, Germany and Italy) to delay the ban on Serbian plates on the territory of Kosovo and Metohija for 10 months.