Saturday, October 1, 2011

Northern Kosovo should be detached from rest of Kosovo, says Dodik

Republika Srpska (RS) President Milorad Dodik has stated that Serbia's response to the situation in northern Kosovo should be far more energetic, and underlined the country should request that northern Kosovo be detached from rest of Kosovo and attached to Serbia.

In a television show on Radio and Television of RS, Dodik said that Serbia should impose this request as a precondition for any further EU integration, adding that, in case of detachment of northern Kosovo, the Serb enclaves and monasteries in other parts of Kosovo should be protected in line with international standards.

Dodik said this is a number one statehood priority for Serbia, because it concerns the country's territorial integrity. However, the number one national issue for Serbia has to be RS, because that is where the largest number of Serbs outside Serbia lives, Dodik said.

He said that the West has no understanding for the interest of Serbs in Kosovo, as they are “offering Serbia a carrot called the EU,” and added that, unless the West shows understanding for Serbia's request, one should turn to other allies across the world.

Referring to the recent incidents in northern Kosovo in which over 100 Serbs have been injured, Dodik said that this is a brazen action of KFOR that took over the crossings, which shows that the action had been organized, and that they took advantage of a situation in which Serbia could confront by using force.

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