Drecun: The trials of arrested Serbs in Kosovo are political

Milovan Drecun
Source: Kosovo Online

Milovan Drecun, the President of the Parliamentary Committee for Kosovo and Metohija, assesses that the situation in Kosovo is relatively calm, solely due to the restrained reaction of the Serbian people and the peaceful nature of the protests, as reported by RTS.

Drecun says he agrees with the statement made by KFOR commander Angelo Michele Ristuccia that the situation in Kosovo has been calmer in recent days, but he still finds the situation tense.

However, he cannot agree on "what is the cause of such a state."

"Of course, it is the one-sided behavior of Pristina and their ultimate goal to fully establish not only administrative but also police and military control over northern Kosovo. Part of that is the terrible mistreatment and terrorizing of the Serbian people. The situation is relatively calm, as the KFOR commander says, solely because the Serbian people react very restrainedly and the protests are peaceful. As for Kurti, the situation is not peaceful," Drecun warns.

He emphasizes that a significant number of members of special parapolice units are still present in northern Kosovo, and the mistreatment of Serbs continues. As he says, fear among the Serbian people is still immense, as they cannot move safely or leave their homes freely.

"There is always a possibility that someone will be arrested, mistreated, or terrorized, but there is no de-escalation, no calming of the situation. Kurti made a maneuver, as he always does, claiming that 25% of the police were withdrawn. Some policemen left, but they deployed about 100, 200 meters away from the buildings. The agreement was for everyone to leave. Now he is seeking to condition the holding of new elections, which is also a key point for de-escalation, by having the European Union lift the punitive measures," Drecun points out.

He believes that the intentions of the West are evident to the public.

"Their goal is to complete the formation of that false state. The only way they can do that is by involving them in the only nations that they pull into transatlantic organizations like NATO before that. They are doing everything to achieve that. Kurti disrupts their plan with his behavior," Drecun says.

He notes that intensive activities are underway regarding military and security cooperation between Central American countries and Kosovo, indicating their accelerated preparations for the so-called Kosovo Army.

"According to the plan of transforming the KSF within ten years, it should be in full operational capacity by 2029, but we see that they said they would speed up that period by about two or three years. So, something is being prepared. When you are preparing forces, so-called forces, for a territory like Kosovo and Metohija, it means you have some aggressive, offensive plans. Those plans surely do not involve attacking Albania or North Macedonia; instead, they will attack the Serbian people, especially Serbs living in northern Kosovo," Drecun warns.

He believes that Washington's views are identical to Albin Kurti's, but he also points out that the US envoy for the Western Balkans, Gabriel Escobar, speaks about the need to form the Community of Serb Municipalities.

"But Gabriel Escobar says that the Community of Serb Municipalities should be formed in accordance with the so-called Kosovo, to allow Serbs, as he says, to perform only some municipal services in those municipalities and nothing more, as it certainly cannot have executive powers," the President of the Parliamentary Committee for Kosovo and Metohija states.

He adds that it is good that Escobar insists on forming the Community of Serb Municipalities on behalf of the US administration, as that is the key to resolving the current situation, however, he points out, they hardly agree on how that community should look and on what legal basis it should be formed.

Regarding the legal fate of all arrested Serbs in Kosovo, Drecun firmly states that there are no rights or justice in that and that it is a political trial, which he compared to the trials at the Hague Tribunal.

"This is the same situation for them. It is a political court. They are trying someone for a verbal offense because he said what has been proven, that there was no massacre of civilians in Racak. It has been proven by the same so-called Hague Tribunal that removed from the indictment against Slobodan Milosevic what was its main point, which was Racak. Therefore, there was no massacre. They are trying a man for that, raising charges for alleged war crimes after 20 years. Where did they dig that up, what did they find," Drecun emphasizes.

He concludes that there is, as he says, terrible political pressure on the Serbian people and creating fear that anyone can find themselves tomorrow on an indictment for war crimes, for criminal acts, and now, as we see, for terrorism.