Petkovic briefed Von Redecker on the political situation in Kosovo and the issues facing the Serbs

Petković sa fon Redekerom
Source: Kancelarija za KiM

Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija, Petar Petkovic, met today with the Head of the Department for the Western Balkans at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, Niels Von Redecker whom he acquainted with the difficult position of the Serbs in Kosovo.

According to the statement, Petkovic briefed his guest on the political situation in Kosovo and the problems faced by the Serbs due to political and other disenfranchisement and constant attempts to subjugate the will of Pristina through violent and undemocratic means, emphasizing that "the survival of the Serbs, especially in northern Kosovo, is jeopardized due to the terror of Albin Kurti".

“Recent events, when Albanian representatives in municipalities in Kosovska Mitrovica, Leposavic, Zubin Potok, and Zvecan refused to accept a civic initiative for the removal of fake and illegitimate mayors in northern Kosovo, as insisted upon by the EU, indicate this”, Petkovic emphasized.

According to Petkovic, the police identification of citizens at that moment aimed to intimidate, clearly showing that Kurti's regime had no intention of de-escalating the situation in the four municipalities in northern Kosovo.

"Such and other frequent unilateral moves by Pristina, such as unjustified and unlawful arrests and daily violence imposed by the Pristina regime on the Serbs, create new tensions in the province, which Belgrade absolutely does not want", Petkovic said.

During the continuation of the meeting, Petkovic emphasized the need for de-escalation on the ground as soon as possible, and the urgent formation of the Community of Serb-majority Municipalities based on agreements from 2013 and 2015. This community would secure the collective and individual rights of the Serbs, and its establishment had been delayed for more than ten years.

In conclusion, Petkovic emphasized that despite the crises multiplying daily in Kosovo, Belgrade remained committed to dialogue with Pristina, considering it the only way to prevent the escalation of interethnic tensions and preserve peace.

The meeting was also attended by the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Serbia, Anke Konrad.