Graovac: Kurti will do everything to prevent the vote on the removal of mayors in the north from succeeding

Srđan Graovac
Source: Kosovo Online

Political analyst Srdjan Graovac from the Center for Social Stability believes that Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti will do everything to prevent the vote on the removal of mayors in the four majority Serbian municipalities in northern Kosovo from succeeding. Even if Serbs comply with everything he demands, some of which are unrealistic, Kurti will, as he says, invent something new as a reason for the mayors not to be removed.

Graovac told Kosovo Online that those illegitimate mayors were part of a strategy of continuous pressure on Serbs and continuous attempts to expel Serbs from Kosovo.

"I particularly mean the Serbs in northern Kosovo and Metohija, whom Kurti has characterized as a constant danger because they are united and interconnected. Kurti, by bringing in long guns to northern Kosovo, his so-called special forces, or trained terrorists on one side, and by installing these false mayors on the other, is exerting institutional pressure on Serbs. His goal is precisely what I said: to expel Serbs from northern Kosovo. Maybe not all, but for the part that remains to be completely broken and to effectively and politically cease to operate outside the circle that Kurti believes is necessary for Serbs, which is the circle of his henchmen and Kurti's Serbs," Graovac stated.

He adds that Kurti fundamentally wants to distance Serbs from the Serb List and direct them toward his political parties and organizations.

"He has a clear strategy and, of course, does not want to give up these mayors because he needs them as a form of institutional pressure and will do everything to prevent any change in that regard. This is evident in the processes of their removal, how complicated that process is, and everything done to make it impossible. Even if Serbs comply with everything he demands, some of which are truly unrealistic, I believe he will find a new moment to invent something again as a reason for the mayors not to be removed because that is part of his tactics," the analyst pointed out.

Graovac emphasizes that only the international community can influence Kurti on this issue.

"If the international community were resolute in its stance, and we do not yet see that resolve, then there would be changes, and those mayors would indeed have to step down. But at this moment, I really do not see the determination of the international community, especially not of Albin Kurti," Graovac concluded.