KFOR denies being involved in withdrawal of Banjska attackers from Kosovo to Serbia

The report written by the Commission for Defense and Security of the Parliamentary Assembly of the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO), which was discussed in Sofia, stated that the KFOR mission in Kosovo agreed with the attackers who retreated to the Banjska monastery in the north of Kosovo, that they should retreat to the territory of Serbia on September 24 last year, the media reported on Sunday.

„KFOR officials negotiated the retreat of the rest of the group into the surrounding forests, where they disappeared. Kosovo authorities believe that potentially hundreds of other attackers were hiding in the forests between Banjska and the border with Serbia. They also discovered a large cache of weapons. Anti-tank rockets, mortars, anti-tank mines and 24 vehicles, one of which was armoured, were discovered,“ the NATO report broadcast said.

The meeting of the Commission for Defence and Security was held on the first day of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, where on Monday the promotion of the status of the Assembly of Kosovo from an observer to an associated member is on the agenda. Serbian delegation led by MP Natasa Jovanovic opposes this move.

To remind, the conflict in Banjska Monastery began after a police patrol was attacked in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, according to Pristina. Policeman Afrim Bunaku was killed and two other policemen were injured.

Pristina claimed that the attackers then hid in the Banjska monastery so that Kosovo police would surround the Serbian Orthodox Church building in search of the attackers.

Later, Milan Radoicic, a member of a major Kosovo Serb political party, the Serbian List (Srpska Lista), admitted to leading a group of gunmen that clashed with Kosovo police. Radoicic said the killing of a Kosovo police officer in the ambush near the Serbian border was an “accident”.

“The death of the policeman was accidental and was followed by a fierce confrontation in which our three comrades — the heroes — gave their lives for freedom and for the preservation of Kosovo,” Radoicic wrote. “We are not terrorists, we are the freedom fighters of our people,” his letter stated, which included his resignation from Srpska Lista.

(Danas, 25.05.2024)


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