Serbia won’t tolerate any violence or persecution of its Serbian population in Kosovo.
These were the latest remarks made by Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic, who also directed these statement at the General Secretary of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg.
“ [I have told him that] We will be waiting for a reaction from NATO, for 24 hours, and if the pogrom against our people continues after that, Serbia will react and won’t allow for what happened in 1995 and 2004 to repeat,” – said Vucic on Pink TV.
Vucic used the Slavic word ‘pogrom’ in his rhetoric, which implies a ‘violent campaign of forcefully displacing ethnic or religious groups, particularly used in the 19th and 20th centuries, against the Hebrew population.
In his statement, the Serbian president also underscored that “Serbia’s army hasn’t entered Kosovo’s territory because according to their agreement, it doesn’t have the right to”. He also added that “Serbia doesn’t want to have to take its troops into Kosovo because it wants to resolve everything in peace”.
In regards to the deployment of various forces at Serbia’s border with Kosovo, Vucic claimed that this only happened in response to Kosovo’s deployment of its special forces at the northern communes. He called this an indicator that “Serbia won’t allow to be humiliated”.
This last week, tensions have escalated between Kosovo-Serbia, following the implementation of the reciprocity principle on Serbian license plates by Kosovo’s PM Albin Kurti.
This principle involves mandating all Serbian drivers to replace their license plates with a temporary set (carrying the Republic of Kosovo acronym RKS) upon entering Kosovo – the same thing has been applied by Serbia to all Kosovar drivers since 2011, yet PM Kurti’s decision do the same i.e. apply the principle of reciprocity, has caused the recent commotion.
Faced with this situation, Serbia is refusing to continue the dialogue, whereas Kosovo has proposed that both countries remove these requirements.
Meanwhile, NATO and the EU have been making repeated calls for a lowering of tensions and a return to the dialogue process.
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