The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Ivica Dacic, said today on the occasion of the recent events in Kosovo that the leadership of Serbia has stated that Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti will be the one to light the powder keg, Tanjug reported.
“We are now reaching the point where those who oppose Kurti’s terror and who do not accept an independent Kosovo are called terrorists. When Serbia declared terrorist groups, by 1999, between 300 and 400 policemen were killed in Kosovo. Has anyone ever expressed sympathy from the international community,” Dacic told RTS TV.
Kosovo authorities said on Sunday that around 30 armed Serbs stormed the village of Banska, 55 km north of the capital Pristina, clashing with Kosovo police, and the attackers barricaded themselves in a Serbian Orthodox monastery. Police took over the monastery late Sunday after three attackers and a policeman were killed, BTA reports.
“We do not justify any violent actions, we regret the killing of a policeman, we regret the loss of human lives of Serbs, we regret that such an incident happened, because it is not in the interest of Serbia above all,” the minister said.
Dacic added that this is one of the most difficult moments for Serbia. He pointed out that the Banska monastery is located in the territory where Serbs live and added that 460 Albanian policemen with armored vehicles have nothing to search there.
“What are the so-called Kosovo police going to do there? According to which article of the international act that is valid, I mean resolution 1244 and I mean the Brussels agreement, they have the right to be there. According to resolution 1244, the only military forces that can be there, are the KFOR forces,” explained Dacic.
The minister said that during Kurti’s rule, there were unilateral actions and terror against the Serbian people.
“All the time there are provocations, arrests, stopping Serbian goods across the administrative line, even shooting at children, injuries and murders,” Dacic said.
The Serbian foreign minister said that “Kosovo was born from the terrorist activities of the Kosovo Liberation Army”. “Has anyone reacted to the fact that today at the funeral of a Kosovo policeman there was a flag of the AOK, which is a terrorist organization. What were the AOK armed with, were they carrying slogans and confetti, or were they carrying weapons supplied to them by the Mujahideen and Western countries,” he said Dacic.
Sunday’s violence in northern Kosovo has renewed concern in the international community about stability in Kosovo, which is predominantly ethnic Albanian. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but Belgrade does not recognize it. About 50,000 ethnic Serbs, most of whom live in northern Kosovo, also do not recognize Kosovo’s independence.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the clash and explained the motives of the gunmen, Reuters notes.
Kosovo authorities have accused Serbia of being behind the attack on Kosovo police, a charge Serbia has denied.