Thursday, March 6, 2014

Police return Kostunica, Samardzic from northern Kosovo

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA - The Kosovo police did not allow leader of the Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) Vojislav Kostunica and DSS vice president Slobodan Samardzic to visit northern Kosovo, officials stated at the gathering in Kosovska Mitrovica organised within the electoral campaign. Kostunica and Samardzic were returned from Leposavic to central Serbia on Wednesday and the Kosovo police escorted them to the Jarinje crossing, officials stated at the beginning of the DSS election campaign meeting in Kosovska Mitrovica. 

 The officials said that the best indicator of the conditions Serbs are living in Kosovo-Metohija is the fact that DSS top officials were prevented from attending the election campaign gathering in Mitrovica, during which Samardzic and Kostunica were supposed to address the crowd and deliver speeches. 

 Office for KiM: Pristina's show of force The Office for Kosovo-Metohija (KiM) condemned on Wednesday the decision by Pristina's authorities to ban the officials of the Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS), Vojislav Kostunica and Slobodan Samardzic, from going to an election rally in Kosovska Mitrovica, and noted that this was the show of force by Pristina. The office, headed by Aleksandar Vulin, requested from EULEX Mission to give an explanation for such a stance, "which violates all Brussels agreements, including the one on freedom of movement". 

 "We want to know why Pristina is dividing citizens into those of the first and second class, into those who are allowed to go to Kosovo-Metohija and those who are not?," the release reads. "Banning Kostunica and Samardzic from visiting Kosovska Mitrovica is the most blatant example of human rights violation, primarily the right to the freedom of movement," the release notes. "It seems that it is not enough to Pristina that it has so far banned Serbian government officials from visiting the southern Serbian province, but is now imposing such restrictions on citizens," the office concludes. Photo Tanjug, F. Kraincanic

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