Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic started an urgent meeting with the army, police and special unit chiefs due to the incursion of a Kosovo police unit into the north of Kosovo. The Serbian government has also convened an extraordinary session.
Minister of Defence, Aleksandar Vulin, the Chief of the Army’s General Staff, Milan Mojsilovic, the Interior Minister, Nebojsa Stefanovic, Director of Police, Vladimir Rebic and head of the Serbian Security and Intelligence Agency (BIA), Bratislav Gasic all arrived for the meeting.
The Special Brigade Commander, Miroslav Talijan, the commander of the Military Police Directorate General, Rajko Milovanovic, and the head of the Army’s Intelligence Directorate, Milan Todorov were also summoned up for a meeting, as were the Gendarmerie Commander, Dejan Luković, the commander of the special anti-terrorist unit, Spasoje Vulevic and the commander of the police intervention units, Dragan Vasiljevic.
Prime Minister Ana Brnabic has cancelled all her announced activities for the day and has been in the Presidency of Serbia this morning, where she arrived after the session of the government. After that meeting, nobody gave statements to the media.
ROSU (Kosovo’s Regional Operational Support Unit) members, armed with rifles, stormed early this morning into the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica and reportedly arrested three people. Other reports mention that four were arrested – among them a Kosovo Serb policeman.
According to the Mayor of North Mitrovica, Goran Rakic, the ROSU said that they had stormed North Mitrovica with the purpose of arresting the suspects for the murder of one of the leaders of the Serbs in the north, Oliver Ivanovic. However, Rakic doubts that this is true and says that the incursion is about diverting attention from yesterday’s event (the ‘trade war’ that Pristina is trying to start with Belgrade).
Rakic called for KFOR to come to the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica and explain to the people their statement made on Thursday about “having everything under control, and that there was no movement of the ROSU forces.”
Prva TV’s correspondent in Kosovska Mitrovica says citizens are afraid and have been awakened by bursts of fire and sirens on Friday morning.
(RTV, B92, 23.11.2018)
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