Thursday, January 8, 2015

Vulin, Jablanovic condemn attack on Serbs in Djakovica

ORAHOVAC - Serbian Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran Care and Social Affairs Aleksandar Vulin condemned the attack on displaced Serbs in Djakovica and stated that this and similar incidents can aggravate the process of Belgrade-Pristina negotiations in the continuation of the dialogue in Brussels.

On Tuesday, Vulin and Kosovo Minister for Return and Communities Aleksandar Jablanovic spent Christmas Eve in the Monastery of Holy Doctors Cosmas and Damian in Zociste near Orahovac in Kosovo-Metohija. Vulin recalled that this is the third year in a row in which Serbs banished from Djakovica are banned from entering the city to deliver prayers in their (Orthodox) Church on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

 The bus transporting around 40 displaced Serbs from Djakovica was stoned by ethnic Albanians from the city in south-west Kosovo-Metohija on Christmas Eve on Tuesday. The attack occurred in front of the Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God in Zociste and it left the bus driver with light injuries. Minister Vulin underscored that such attacks are unacceptable as they violate the basic human right to return and profession of religion. 

 He noted that the attacks on Serbs in Djakovica are constantly repeating because not a single individual responsible for the incidents has been punished until now, and he also underscored that this will aggravate the continuation of the dialogue on the normalisation of Belgrade-Pristina relations in Brussels. 

 The Serbian minister underscored that representatives of the international community are also responsible for this, and called on them to finally take action and bring to justice the perpetrators of the constant attacks on Serbs. Jablanovic noted that he will address the Kosovo minister of interior affairs demanding an explanation for the latest attack on Serbs in Djakovica. Photo Tanjug, Boki (archive photo)

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