Panel discussion 'Kosovo and Metohija: from historical revisionism to legal paradox' held in North Mitrovica

Tribina Severna Mitrovica
Source: Kosovo Online

The panel discussion "Kosovo and Metohija: from historical revisionism to legal paradox" was held in the amphitheater of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Pristina with a temporary seat in North Mitrovica tonight.

The event was organized by this institution and the Serbian Historical Society. Attendees had the opportunity to listen to and engage in discussions with the former judge of the Higher Court in North Mitrovica, Nikola Kabasic, and Professor Suzana Rajic from the University of Belgrade, who discussed the issues of the Serbs in Kosovo, their rights, and attempts at revisionism.

Professor Suzana Rajic, also the President of the Serbian Historical Society, told Kosovo Online that such topics were always relevant for a broad historical audience.

"This is a place and an opportunity to exchange our experiences, to hear public reactions, their observations, and problems, and to offer answers and solutions. Solutions are always available; they are not always simple, and reaching them is not easy, but the situation shows that timely reactions can bear fruit. Modern life brings numerous challenges, and we must respond to them. Since an individual cannot respond to that, it is very important for the entire historical profession to be called upon for scientific research and the achievements of our cultural, spiritual, and scientific traditions so that we can be responsible and offer to the wider public what is expected of us as a profession", she said.

She emphasized that this panel was specific due to its interaction, as everyone could ask questions and express their interests in current issues and everyday life.

"We can listen to understand and have adequate responses for synchronized action. For any successful activity, it is necessary to talk, exchange opinions, and hear each other. That is the goal of this panel, not to have an ex-cathedra, a one-way lecture where one listens while the other remains silent. This is an exchange of opinions. It should be our constant practice. We are not in sufficient communication, and this interaction is slowed down, and due to its absence, we find ourselves in an unfavorable position. Let's get to know each other, hear each other, exchange opinions, and make it truly our good practice", Rajic said.

She expressed satisfaction with the discussions and noted that much was expected from students, carrying a part of the burden on their shoulders.

"It's best to work together. We listen to them, and they must listen to experiences. We need to show that we can respond to new circumstances in the era of new media, communications, and social networks with answers that are not biased or colored by emotions but are based on somewhat dormant reasons. In our reactions, we must avoid passions that will surely lead us astray. We want to act rationally in all circumstances that are difficult and complex. We need to see what timely reactions are, whom to turn to, what to write about, and how to inform the public. It depends on us. We cannot complain about being uninformed if we haven't contributed at all to ensuring the public is informed in a timely manner and to know how and from whom to expect support and help, and we all work together. That is the goal of our gathering tonight", Rajic emphasized.