Petkovic: The UN Security Council session on Kosovo is an opportunity for the world to see the suffering of the Serbian people

Petar Petković
Source: Kosovo Online

EU representatives traditionally talk about the responsibility of the two sides, even when it is quite clear that the Serbian side is desperately fighting for peace, while the other side wants a new fire in the Balkans, so the UN Security Council session, among other things, would be an opportunity that things should be cleaned up and that the whole world should look directly into the eyes of the suffering of the Serbian people in the province, the director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija, Petar Petkovic said in an interview for Kurir.

You announced that another entry of the Kosovo police into the territory of central Serbia was recorded. What is the purpose or goal of such actions and what kind of reaction do you expect from the international community, considering that in the previous incident members of the Kosovo police were arrested and then released?

It is clear that Kurti's special forces do not invade the area of central Serbia to pick mushrooms, or because their brakes fail and they cannot stop at the administrative line. They have nothing to ask for and their attempts to operate in central Serbia are a direct violation of Resolution 1244 and the Military Technical Agreement from Kumanovo. Did you notice that neither Kurti nor Svecla announced anything on this occasion, because the evidence of the Serbian police denies them and disproves their plan. We are talking about provocations that are an integral part of Kurti's strategy of raising the temperature, and the ultimate goal is to force a response from Belgrade and a conflict between Serbia and NATO. And when kids make gangs on the street, there is always some little brat in those groups who hides behind the strength of his friends and goes around and starts fights. Kurti is like that to you, small and insignificant, but he counts on the fact that at every opportunity someone who is older and stronger in the west will save him from the answers of those he bullies. That man is simply guided by infantile or adolescent impulses and complexes, which means that he has no self-control and is ready to act as a kamikaze, counting on the fact that certain world powers will step in and protect him. Kurti's insolence is transmitted to his closest associates, such as Xhelala Svecla, all the way to the tiniest praetorians in special police uniforms, who are probably starting to believe that they are very strong and that with one "dacia" they can conquer Belgrade, or at least Nis and Vranje.

What is Serbia's idea to initiate a session of the UN Security Council? What could be achieved in that body and which specific topics will we be running for?

As you know, Serbia, led by President Aleksandar Vucic, bases our fight for the defense of Serbian state and national interests on international law, and we have been doing this very consistently and carefully for many years, aware that this is our strongest foothold. There is no reason to recall the fact that the project of the self-proclaimed "Kosovo" was created by constant derogation of international law and that the sponsors of that project in the past often acted from positions of power, considering themselves superior to others in every sense. Although they de facto behaved as if they were not bound by the fundamental principles of international relations, they usually could not do so openly and often tried to at least formally maintain the appearance of acting in accordance with international legal rules. Serbia is convinced that both law and justice are on its side, and it is obliged to reach out to all political, diplomatic and legal mechanisms at its disposal in order to protect its interests, while also protecting the interests of all those who continue to steadfastly defend the principle equality of sovereign states on which the United Nations system rests. The Security Council is the place before which the issue of Kurti's violent campaign against the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija must be raised, because, if this does not happen, it would be nothing more than a public acknowledgment that international law does not exist and that it does not bind anyone.

For now, Kurti does not show that he will listen to the advice of Kosovo's allies. Do you expect even tougher EU measures against Pristina and what kind?

The days ahead will show how much stronger, more sincere and more convincing the publicly expressed advice of, as you say, "Kosovo's allies" are than some completely different advice that is apparently given to him, but not publicly. The measures against Pristina have so far been more at the level of verbal threats, and just try to imagine what kind of response from part of the international community Belgrade would face if by any chance it behaves so irresponsibly and unbridled or violates the agreements from Brussels for a whole decade, as it has does Pristina by refusing to form the Community of Serbian Municipalities for 10 years, which guarantees the collective rights of the Serbian people in the province. The session of the UN Security Council would, among other things, be an opportunity to clear things up and for the whole world to look directly into the eyes of the suffering of the Serbian people in the province.

How did you understand Miroslav Lajcak's statement that punitive measures are also prepared for Serbia if it does not act in accordance with the EU?

EU representatives traditionally talk about the responsibility of the two sides, even when it is quite clear that the Serbian side is desperately fighting for peace, while the other side wants a new fire in the Balkans. Mr. Lajcak is a serious man and an experienced diplomat, but he is also sometimes ready to use administrative EU catchphrases in public communication. My question: what should they punish us for? Belgrade has fulfilled all its obligations, including part of the last plan for de-escalation, so they cannot put anything on us, except for the persistent commitment to the "principles" that the EU is declaratively committed to. Belgrade and the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija did not cause this crisis, it was brought about by Albin Kurti with his violent  and illegal usurpation of Serbian municipalities in the north of Kosovo and Metohija by false occupation mayors, his long guns and parapolice forces that sow terror on the innocent Serbian people. And when someone mentions punitive measures, I expect the one who shot Dragisa Galjka in the back, who is still in the hospital because of it, to answer with his first and last name, as well as the one who shot Serbian children on Christmas Day, the one who shot Miljan Delevic or Milan Jovanovic, to the cowards who beat the Serbian children Dara and Kristijan and brutally beat Lune, Dusan, Nenad, as well as other Serbs who were arrested for God's sake. Apart from Belgrade, no one else will remember these shot and mistreated Serbs, not even EULEX, whose job is not to carry out any kind of monitoring, but to stand up for the protection of innocent people and look at the evidence and the tears of Nemanja Vlaskovic's mother, Dalibor Spasic's sister, who beg them to return their loved ones who were innocently arrested.

How does the Serbian community in the north of Kosovo function in a situation where four municipalities have not been functioning since April? What are the biggest problems on the ground, in people's everyday lives?

This is not the first time that Pristina has trained forces in the north of Kosovo and Metohija, nor is it the first time that they have tried to deny our people the basic necessities of life, such as food and medicine. The difference is that this time it is only a part of the open and comprehensive war policy of Albin Kurti, which includes the physical occupation of that area, a direct hunt against all the political leaders of our people on the ground, arbitrary use of force, including the use of automatic weapons against bare-handed people. I don't know how anyone can think that Serbia will just silently watch as, God forbid, people die because they can't get medicine or that our children starve because they can't get bread from Raska. President Vucic unequivocally said that the times when Serbia silently observed what was happening in Kosovo and Metohija during the pogrom of the Serbian people in 2004, but also during the secession in 2008 passed and everyone should know that. Today, Serbs in the north of Kosovo and Metohija are victims of Albin Kurti's terror, from physical to institutional violence, women and children are not allowed to go out alone at night, because Kurti's long guns are waiting for them around every corner. The most visible Serbs are arrested or put on secret and public arrest lists, in order to break the resistance of our honorable people whose only fault is that they love freedom above chains and their country more than anything! But every occupation comes to an end, so even Albin Kurti will not be able to bully the Serbs in the north of Kosovo forever, be sure of that!