10.08.2016

President Nikolic and Irenaeus urge coordination on national interests

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and Patriarch Irenaeus of the Serbian Orthodox Church met on Wednesday to discuss current social topics and agreed that coordination was necessary in joint activities aimed at protecting the national interests.

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and Patriarch Irenaeus of the Serbian Orthodox Church met on Wednesday to discuss current social topics and agreed that coordination was necessary in joint activities aimed at protecting the national interests.

"They agreed on the necessity of coordinating joint activities to protect national interests and prevent potential catastrophic historical injustices such as a canonisation of Aloysius Stepinac. Such an injustice would impact not only the Serbs, but entire humanity," a statement released by the presidential press office quoted Nikolic and Irenaeus as saying.

They also discussed the preservation of the cultural heritage in Kosovo-Metohija and activities aimed at further preventing Kosovo's admission to UNESCO.

They agreed on the significance of insistence by the church and the state that the monasteries in Kosovo-Metohija be the responsibility of the Republic of Serbia and that the Serbian cultural heritage must not be allowed to be declared the heritage of so-called Kosovo.

Nikolic invited the patriarch to take an active part in the centenary commemorations of the WWI Battle of Kajmakcalan, the statement said.