The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, said this evening that at a meeting in Brussels with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, he requested that NATO take control and ensure a life worthy of a human being for the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija. “We had meetings with (special envoy for dialogue Miroslav) Lajcak and, of course, an important one with Jens Stoltenberg. I conveyed all our concerns to Stoltenberg. Concern for the position of the Serbs due to arbitrary arrests due to the persecution of the Serbian population due to the desire to expel the Serbs not only from the north of Kosovo, but from the entire Kosovo and Metohija. I asked NATO and KFOR to implement its role in accordance with Resolution 1244 and the UN Charter,” Vučić told reporters after the meeting with Stoltenberg. He added that Belgrade submitted all the evidence in writing to the Secretary General of NATO about everything that was done against the Serbian people when the Prime Minister of Pristina’s temporary institutions, Albin Kurti, came to power.
“On the persecution of Serbs, on attacks on Serbs, ambulance stations. How many Serbs were illegally arrested and video footage showed that the Serbs who were arrested, accused and detained were not guilty. You can see it in the videos. We asked that NATO take control and ensure a life worthy of a human being in Kosovo and Metohija. It is our duty to request it from those who are responsible for it according to Resolution 1244”, said Vučić, reports Tanjug.
Stoltenberg: It is important to reduce tensions in the north of Kosovo
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this evening in Brussels, ahead of the meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, that it is important to reduce tensions in the north of Kosovo and Metohija. “KFOR, as you know, is a NATO peacekeeping mission that has been present in Kosovo for years as part of the mandate it received from the United Nations. We carry out our mission to provide a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement for members of all communities. Our forces were attacked in May, three of our members were seriously injured, and that is unacceptable,” Stoltenberg stressed in a joint address with President Vučić at the NATO headquarters in Brussels.
Stoltenberg reminded that due to the increase in tensions, the KFOR personnel was increased by another 500 members and pointed out that the KFOR forces will continue to carry out their mission within the UN mandate. “It is important to reduce tensions and therefore we call on both sides to do so and refrain from actions that would lead to escalation.” We believe that the only correct way is active participation in the dialogue, which is mediated by the EU and supported by NATO. “Serbia has been a reliable partner of NATO for a long time and we are convinced that it will engage in that dialogue in a constructive way,” said Stoltenberg, Tanjug quoted.
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