Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Serbs worried about situation in northern Kosovo

ZVECAN - Representatives of local self-governments, educational institutions, public companies and businesses in northern Kosovo said Tuesday that the current situation in that part of the province is complex and tends to get worse due to unilateral moves made by KFOR and EULEX.

Head of Kosovska Mitrovica District Radenko Nedeljkovic said after a meeting of local self-governments in Zvecan, that "KFOR uses violence and exerts psychological pressure on Serbs and other non-Albanians in the north, thus trying to force the citizens to integrate into Kosovo's system." The meeting resulted in certain measures, Nedeljkovic said, not wanting to specify any details, and added that the Serbs want to resolve all problems peacefully and have a partner in KFOR.

He believes that the announcements of opening an administrative office of Kosovo in northern Kosovska Mitrovica and employing a number of citizens from northern Kosovo are yet another provocation and an attempt to change the situation on the ground. Serbs in northern Kosovo will not consent to abolishment of UNMIK administration, nor allow that documents and workers employed at the office be "handed over" to Pristina, he said.

Nedeljkovic pointed out that meetings between representatives of local self-governments in northern Kosovo and international military and civilian missions in the province are not being held for now, since, as he put it, "KFOR wants to compose a Serb delegation on its own." "I did not receive any explanation from KFOR, only from EULEX. They said they did not want to talk to me, because I am a representative of the Serbian government, and that they would only talk to local representatives," Nedeljkovic said.

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