Dacic: The situation in Kosovo is a consequence of Kurti's constant escalation

Ivica Dacic / Photo: EPA-EFE/ROMAN PILIPEY

The Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic assessed that the situation in Kosovo is "a consequence of the constant escalation by Kosovo's Prime Minister Albin Kurti", as well as "the de-escalation that part of the international community is working on".

"The result of that is an insidious plan, which is that Kurti is allowed to do something, the international community how something reacts... Everyone is now reacting against Pristina because of what they did, including Kfor. Kfor's role is not to protest, but to make that unilateral act impossible," Dacic told RTS.

According to him, KFOR today protects the newly elected mayors from the "owners" of the municipal buildings - the Serbs who are employed there.

Commenting on the warnings and condemnations of the international community for that unilateral act of the authorities in Pristina, Dacic said that "one does not live on the ground from warnings."

"If America can't make Pristina respect that, then I really don't know what confidence we can have in the international community and in the patrons of that dangerous military adventurism in Pristina," Dacic said.

He stated that the forces of the Serbian army are on standby and that Serbia will protect the Serbs of Kosovo if necessary.

"We will certainly not allow Serbian casualties due to the unwillingness of the international community or because of Kurti's military adventurism," Dacic said.

On Friday, after the attempts of citizens from the north of Kosovo to prevent the police from entering the municipal premises in Zvečan, Zubin Potok and Leposavic, there were clashes, in which the police used tear gas, smoke and shock bombs.

Several Serbs were injured, and Kosovo police entered the municipal buildings and brought in the Albanian mayors, who won the recently held elections, in which a total of 3,4 percent of the voters turned out.

The elections, which were boycotted by Kosovo's Serbian political representatives, were organized by Pristina at the end of April after the Serbs left Kosovo's institutions last November.

VIDEO: In the tense north of Kosovo, the police used tear gas to disperse the citizens


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