Mitic: Albanian mayors brought chaos to northern Kosovo, Kurti benefits from it

Aleksandar Mitić
Source: Kosovo Online

Illegitimately elected Albanian mayors, who have been in power for six months in four municipalities in northern Kosovo, predominantly inhabited by Serbs, have brought absolute chaos and a vacuum, Aleksandar Mitic, a research associate at the Institute for International Politics and Economics, says and points out that this is precisely something that benefits Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti.

"Kurti closely monitors the data provided by Belgrade officials about how many Serbs have left Kosovo and Metohija in the last year, in this process of discrimination, escalation, and ethnic cleansing that Kurti is implementing in the north and south. Simply put, this kind of vacuum suits him perfectly. He intentionally delays any agreement on the Community of Serb Municipalities because he knows that without that agreement, there are no new elections in the north. It's a vicious circle, in which he and those who support him in Quint countries gain time and engage in terrifying things, which we can clearly define as ethnic cleansing," Mitic says for Kosovo Online.

The fact that new elections in the north, which were one of the key demands of the EU and the US to Pristina for de-escalation and a precondition for lifting sanctions on Kosovo, are almost no longer mentioned, Mitic explains it this way:

"Some will say that there is no talk of elections in the north because elections are being held in Serbia, so as not to mix the two things, and that's why it's postponed. Others will say that this is because there is no agreement on the CSM, i.e., that precisely that agreement on the Community will enable elections to be held in the north. Perhaps I am closer to this second thesis; I believe that a solution is being worked on," he says.

Regarding the statement of the US Ambassador to Belgrade, Christopher Hill, that the solution should be a "rational proposal" in front of Belgrade and Pristina, which, as he stated, implies the formation of the CSM, but also that Serbia gives capacity to Kosovo in international communities, Mitic says that when an American diplomat says that something is rational, one should wonder if it is always in the Serbian interest.

"It is important to know whether that CSM is as planned and agreed in 2013 and 2015, with strong executive powers, with strong ties to the Republic of Serbia, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and the Constitution of Serbia. If not, then maybe it is rational for Hill, but it is entirely detrimental to Serbia. So, I assume that such an agreement is awaited before calling elections in the north. Whether such an agreement will be possible in this constellation of relations is hard to say. I am not optimistic, especially not optimistic that even if an agreement is reached on something, it will be applied," Mitic concludes.