Thursday, October 10, 2013

South Mitrovica Albanians cause new incident in city north

10/9/2013 11:19:00 AM

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA – A group of ethnic Albanians from the southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica have thrown stones at security guards and the former building of the municipal assembly in the northern part of the northern Kosovo-Metohija (KiM) city, where Serbs make up the majority population, the Serbian government’s Office for KiM said in a release Wednesday. Nobody was injured and only minor material damages were caused to the building in the incident took place at about 10 p.m. Tuesday. 

The attackers fled to the southern part of the city after the incident, the release said. The Office for KiM strongly condemned the incident and requested the competent authorities to find the perpetrators of this attack and bring them to justice. The KiM Office pointed out that “in recent weeks, attacks on Serbs and Serb property in the province have become almost a daily occurrence.” “This and all the previous incidents are putting enormous pressure on the Serb people in Kosovo-Metohija to give up voting in the coming local elections and allow someone else to decide their fate and the fate of their children,” the release said. 

 The KiM Office expressed hope that the pressures that are increasingly common in recent days will not shake the Serbs in KiM, but rather strengthen their determination to vote in the November 3 local elections and elect a leadership of their own that will make sure they can lead a peaceful and secure life in the province. The Serbian government has been doing everything it can to ensure “normalization of lives for all residents of Kosovo, regardless of their nationality or religion,” by leading the negotiations in Brussels, according to the release. 

 The latest incident was also condemned by the Citizens’ Initiative Srpska, which called on the international community and all competent bodies to ensure peace, security and coexistence for all citizens in Kosovo-Metohija. “We must create a system to protect ourselves from such incidents in the future, and we will be able to do that after the elections, when the community of Serb municipalities is formed,” the Citizens’ Initiative Srpska as said in a release. Photo Tanjug Video, ilustration

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