Sunday, October 20, 2013

UN, EU should stay in Kosovo as guarantors of security

10/17/2013 4:24:00 PM

BELGRADE/LONDON - Vladimir Bozovic, state secretary at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, stated on Thursday that the United Nations and the European Union should stay in Kosovo-Metohija through UNMIK and EULEX as guarantors of security in this area. Bozovic, who is participating in a meeting of the Global Community in London taking place from October 13-17, said that from 1999 until 2012 there were 8,396 ethnically-motivated attacks in Kosovo in which Albanian extremists killed 666 Serbs and non-Albanians, while 1,091 persons were kidnapped. He said that in this period over 1,200 persons were seriously injured, houses were ransancked and set on fire, 165 Serbian Orthodox churches and monasteries were razed to the grounds, and Serbian cemetries were damaged, reads a statement by the Interior Ministry.

 Stressing that the data are worrying, Bozovic said that the UN and the EU need to make additional efforts in order to guarantee security in this area, and he expressed opposition to the reduction of their number in the field as proposed by the interim instituions in Pristina. Bozovic also met with Assistant to the UN General Secretary Dmitry Titov, who commended the participation and engagement of Serbian policemen in the international mission so far. 

 The meeting is organized by the UN, the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Police Department in cooperation with the Global Security Institute of the Durham University in London. Photo Tanjug, R. Prelic, archive

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