Saturday, February 2, 2013

Request made for legalization of Presevo memorial

PRESEVO – The local administration in Presevo submitted a request for the legalization of the memorial dedicated to members of the so-called Liberation Army of Presevo, Medvedja and Bujanovac (OVPMB) which had been recently removed from the centre of that town in southern Serbia, president of the Presevo municipality Ragmi Mustafa said on Friday.

“The local administration submitted the request to the Justice Ministry for the legalization of the memorial that had been set up in the centre of Presevo,” Mustafa told Tanjug. The same request was put forward to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Serbian government's Coordination Body for southern Serbia. The contentious monument to members of the so-called OVPMB, the paramilitary formation that launched an insurgency in southern Serbia in 2000, was removed by the Gendarmerie on January 20. Justice Minister Nikola Selakovic said on Friday that the Ministry of Justice and State Administration had not received the request for the legalization of the memorial to members of the so-called OVPMB.

 “The local administration's request for the legalization of the memorial in Presevo has not arrived in the Ministry,” Selakovic told Tanjug during his visit to Berlin. In mid-January, the Presevo municipal assembly delivered a decision at an emergency session to retroactively initiate the process of legalization of the monument dedicated to members of the so-called OVPMB who had been put up in the central town square two months earlier. Photo Tanjug, S.Delic

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