The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, said that the barricades in the north of the country cannot be tolerated for much longer and added that he is concerned that the removal of the barricades cannot exclude the victims and that is why they are acting very cautiously.
“Our concern is that the removal of these barricades cannot rule out the possibility of casualties. And so we want to be as careful as possible to make sure that there will be no destabilization and that there will be relative peace and security,” Kurti told The Guardian.
Kurti also pointed out that the violation of legality and constitutionality cannot be allowed forever and that the barricades in the north of Kosovo should be removed as soon as possible, in which they have the support of the European Union and the United States of America.
“I think our Western partners and friends are worried about the ties between Belgrade and Moscow. We don’t know how they can be put into operation in case of increased tensions, according to the escalation in the north,” Kurti said.
It is the eleventh day of the barricades in the north of Kosovo, which were set up by Kosovo Serbs as a sign of protest against the detention and arrest of their compatriots.
Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said yesterday that Brussels and Washington only hear from Kosovo Serbs when they are at the barricades and added that they are only asking for basic human rights.
The Pristina authorities see the recognition of independence and the green light for membership in the UN and international organizations as a permanent solution, and Belgrade expects a “compromise solution” that would formally and legally maintain territorial integrity, and essentially power in the north of Kosovo, which Pristina does not accept.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić met today in Belgrade with the commander of NATO’s joint forces in Kosovo, Stuart Munsch, and on that occasion asked NATO to protect the Serbian people in Kosovo, Vučić announced on his Instagram profile.
Before arriving in Belgrade, Munsch said that KFOR is closely monitoring the situation in the north of Kosovo and is ready to ensure the free movement of all targets. The commander of NATO’s joint forces called on all parties to take constructive action and to ensure freedom of movement in Kosovo, Klix.ba reports.