The Eparchy of Raska and Prizren requests an urgent investigation into Alicia Kearns' allegations about arms smuggling

Eparhija raško prizrenska apel za zaštitu
Source: SPC

The Eparchy of Raska and Prizren expressed its concern regarding the statement of the British MP Alicia Kearns, who during her speech in the parliament, directly accused the Serbian Orthodox Church, stating that weapons are being smuggled from Serbia to the Orthodox churches in Kosovo, insisting that the accusations be verified and that KFOR informs if it can confirm this information.

As stated in the announcement of the Eparchy, the Serbian Orthodox Church, through its actions and statements in the last 30 years, before and after the armed conflict in Kosovo, was and remains very clearly against any violence because it is, it is added, contrary to the basic evangelical principles and mission of the Church.

They insist that the accusations of MP Kearns be urgently checked, and that is why they publicly ask the KFOR mission to tell the public whether they can confirm the allegations of the British MP because, as they point out, it is impossible for British KFOR soldiers to have this information and not communicate it to their superior structures in the KFOR command.

"Should these allegations prove to be true, church persons who are proven to be possibly involved in the abuse of SOC facilities and church services for allegedly transferring or storing weapons, will bear the strictest church penalties and will not be able to continue their public service," it is stated in the announcement.

However, as it is added, in the event that KFOR cannot confirm the truth of those claims, the Eparchy of Raska and Prizren will request an apology through the British Embassy in Pristina from the said MP for the inflammatory and inaccurate statement that has serious consequences.

"The Eparchy of Raska and Prizren does not want in any way that the claims of Alicia Kearns about the SOC in Kosovo and Metohija remain at the level of defamation and become a means of imposing collective guilt on our Church, and therefore they must be investigated as soon as possible, persons responsible for possible criminal acts or the spread of false information publicly named, and the public informed about everything," the announcement emphasizes.

As it is added, the aforementioned accusations represent an act of spreading religious intolerance and represent a direct call for violence against the SOC, which has been subjected to physical attacks, various slanders and other forms of discrimination in Kosovo for years.