Kosovo’s Foreign Ministry has decided to ban all Serbian officials from entering Kosovo for “as long as Serbia’s behaviour remains as it is.”
Jetlir Zyberaj, an advisor to Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli, wrote on his Facebook profile the decision was made “after threats and attacks in the north, (where local Serbs create a majority) and other issues.”
“Due to hybrid threats Serbia makes against Kosovo, constant propaganda and fake news about the country and our people… the Ministry won’t allow any official from Belgrade to visit Kosovo, and all requests will be denied as long as such behaviour continues,” Zyberaj wrote.
Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said Pristina’s decision to ban Belgrade’s officials from visiting Kosovo was a slap in the face of the European Union and the whole international community which shamefully kept silent to Ramush Haradinaj and Hashim Thaci’s violations of all civilization norms for years.
“Having left our people in Kosovo and Metohija without medicines and food, while defending the crazy tax, with this ban they practically want to isolate the Kosovo Serbs even more from any influence of Belgrade,” said Dacic.
The ban follows Kosovo Serbs closing their businesses for two days in a protest over the import tax on goods from Serbia which Pristina introduced last November.
Zyberaj described the move as “the recent attempt to prevent the so-called humanitarian crisis in the Kosovo north with threats to population and orders to close down businesses to meet certain political goals of Belgrade.”
The Serbian List in Kosovo urged the international community to react to the decision of the Kosovo institutions and said that they would not “keep quiet and watch Pristina disenfranchising the Serbian people.”
“Today’s decision is a violation of all agreements on freedom of movement. Now, as a rule, unfortunately, there is no reaction from the international community, nor their representatives in Pristina,” the Serbian List said.
Kosovo Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli and the director of the Kosovo-Metohija Office of the Serbian Government, Marko Djuric, were not available for comment.
(BBC Serbia, 04.07.2019)
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