Kosovo government: Nobody banned Serbian officials from entering Kosovo

Kosovo’s government has denied there was a ban on Serbian officials entering the country, contradicting the Foreign Ministry and deepening confusion in Pristina –  said spokeswoman of the Kosovo government, Donjeta Gashi came one day after an adviser to Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli announced that no officials from Serbia would be allowed to enter Kosovo.

“The government of Kosovo has not issued any decision which bans Serbian officials on entering Kosovo,” she said.

There was no immediate reaction to Gashi’s comment from the Foreign Ministry, or from Zyberaj.

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To remind, Kosovo government adviser, Jetlir Zyberaj, said in a statement posted to Facebook on July 4th that the ban was a response to “constant propaganda and false news about the country and our citizens.” He warned that Kosovo would refuse all requests until Serbia changed its attitude.

In response to the alleged ban, the head of Serbia’s Office for Kosovo, Marko Djuric, condemned the decision as “a slap in the face of the international community and Europe”, and added that it would only motivate more intense diplomatic activity by Belgrade.

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic subsequently said that Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj told her that the news of the ban Kosovo was fake.

“I am surprised that the false news in Pristina is spreading by the advisers of the so-called foreign minister, but I am glad that it reduces the great tension in the region,” Brnabic told reporters after working breakfast with the prime ministers of the Western Balkans in Poznan.

(N1, 06.07.2019)


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