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Century after start of WWI, Serbia strives to ‘be a part of the solution’

August 5th, 2014
09:17 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Ceremonies are taking place across Europe to mark 100 years since the outbreak of World War I.

Fifty heads of state gathered in Belgium to remember the German invasion, and Britain's declaration of war on Germany.

It was also supposed to be “the war to end all wars,” but a hundred years later, tensions in Europe are ratcheting up yet again, particularly between Russia and the West.

One country that is close to both sides is Serbia: a traditional ally of the Kremlin that is also looking to join the European Union.

“No one needs any more crisis in the heart of Europe,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told CNN’s Fred Pleitgen, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Monday. “No one needs any more problems, any more clashes, any more fights.”

“And we are doing our best to be a pillar of that stability in this region. We do our best to improve our economy. We do our best to be a modern state.”

‘As you know, Serbian guy triggered that First World War, Gavrilo Princip,” Prime Minister Vucic said. “That's the reason that … we are striving for peace … not to cause any more problems; not to be a part of the problem, but to be a part of the solution; to be a part of creating a modern state, to creating the best possible environment in the whole region.”

Click above to watch Pleitgen’s full interview with Vucic.

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  1. Alien

    Nice words, hope they are more then that, just words.

    August 6, 2014 at 5:16 am | Reply
  2. Erm...

    Do not believe Western lies about Ukraine.

    August 6, 2014 at 11:04 am | Reply
  3. Germainne Lorens

    Gavrilo Princip was a Yugoslav from Bosnia by both self-identification and ideology, in the name of which he both killed and died for. I do not understand why Serbian P.M. made any parallels between Princip and Serbian state which had nothing to do with each other. Precisely the false accusations that Kingdom of Serbia sponsored the murder via Princip was a pretext for Austrian invasion of Serbia which marked the beginning of WWI. Statements such as these damage the reputation of Serbia, which fought bravely in WWI on side of the Entente (Allies), having lost about 1/4 of its overall population.

    August 7, 2014 at 9:38 am | Reply
    • Ljudov

      bcz he acts like retard.

      August 10, 2014 at 7:37 am | Reply
  4. Hari

    it sounds Serbia is now ready to be yet another slave country. A small younger brother who will just follow the orders for the west. It is ready to accept Serbians themselves are at fault for NATO bombings and will keep supplying them Serbian women to exploit on the streets of Paris and London.

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