A delegation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia headed by Deputy Speaker Veroljub Arsic, met today with the President of the International Foundation for the Unity of Orthodox Christian Nations Prof. Dr Valery Alekseyev.
“The old Serbian Orthodox monuments and churches in Kosovo-Metohija are desecrated by unacceptable behaviour and the silence of the provisional authorities and the international community on the matter surprising. These monuments are on the UNESCO world heritage list which makes this a problem that goes beyond our state borders”, said Arsic.
He thanked the Russian Federation for supporting Serbia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, opining that the International Foundation for the Unity of Orthodox Christian Nations and the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy can play an important role in protecting our cultural heritage.
“The church is a reflection of the unity of a people, its collective spirit and sense of belonging, and shattering this spiritual identity is an attempt to destroy the people and state. In the last 100 years the Orthodox Church has been subject to a variety of pressures, from the communist ideology to the creation of the new world order, which is why today it is vital to preserve the unity of Orthodox Christian nations”, Arsic explained.
The President of the International Foundation for the Unity of Orthodox Christian Nations Prof. Dr Valery Alekseyev said that the meeting comes in the wake of the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s visit to the Russian Federation which was very important for the strengthening of brotherly ties between the two countries.
“Our president stressed that Kosovo-Metohija is an inalienable part of Serbia and the Serbian people can always count on Russia’s support on the matter. The Foundation also does not recognize the self-declared Kosovo as a separate state and has for years been working on the preservation of the cultural heritage and assistance to the Serb population on the territory”, said Alekseyev.
He said that the Foundation supports all the parliamentary structures working toward strengthening and promoting traditional family values. He added that of the organization’s nine departments operating around the world, the one in Serbia is among the most successful and the Foundation enjoys excellent cooperation with it.
The meeting was also attended by MPs Prof. Dr Ljubisa Stojmirovic, Aleksandar Cotric and Jovan Palalic who agreed that Serbia and Russia should strengthen cooperation and friendly relations across the board, at both national and local levels.
The officials also spoke about the current situation in the Russian Orthodox Church and politicization of religious matters, as well as possible solutions, stressing that dialogue is the best way to overcome any possible dispute.