Serbs in North Kosovo to start removing barricades soon

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said after talks with Kosovo Serbs in the Serbian town of Raska on Wednesday that the removal of the barricades in north Kosovo would start on Thursday morning, but that “the distrust is still there”.

 “People asked that there be no cameras, so they could speak their minds, express their fears and they talked about everything,” said Vučić, adding that the general opinion is that “today was a good day for our people.”

“Nothing bad happened to any Serb today. We got documents that mean something to us in a formal and legal sense, we will be able to talk about law and justice, other people’s promises,” he said.

Head of the Serbian government Office for Kosovo and Metohija Petar Petkovic said Wednesday that Serbia received guarantees from the US and European Union (EU) that the demands of Serb protesters in the province would be met and that Kosovo Serbs would not be arrested for setting up the barricades in north Kosovo.

State Department Principal Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel and Spokesperson of the EU High Representative, Nabila Massrali issued a joint statement Wednesday calling on all sides to show maximum restraint.

“We welcome the assurances of the leadership of Kosovo confirming that no lists of Kosovo Serb citizens to be arrested or prosecuted for peaceful protests/barricades exist,” the joint statement said.

Earlier, a joint statement by State Department Principal Deputy Spokesperson, Vedant Patel, and Spokesperson of the EU High Representative, Nabila Massrali, called all sides to show maximum restraint.

“We are working with President Vučić and Prime Minister Kurti to find a political solution in order to defuse the tensions and agree on the way forward in the interest of stability, safety and well-being of all local communities. We welcome the assurances of the leadership of Kosovo confirming that no lists of Kosovo Serb citizens to be arrested or prosecuted for peaceful protests/barricades exist. At the same time, rule of law must be respected, and any form of violence is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” the joint statement said.

(BBC News, N1, 29.12.2022)

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