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FM: Maybe clouded minds plan to cause incidents in North

Ivica Dacic says the UK's warning its citizens not to travel to the north of Kosovo could refer to the possibility of major incidents breaking out there.

April 3, 2019   

The foreign minister and first deputy PM spoke for TV Pink on Wednesday and did not rule out the possibility that those incidents would be caused by "those with clouded minds" who want to conquer the north of Kosovo (predominantly inhabited by Serbs).

Dacic recalled that this was not the first such warning, and that "the international community has done it before."

According to him, the warnings relating to the north of Kosovo are sometimes also connected with a criminalization of Serbs carried out by Pristina, "because, it is constantly saying that there is a criminal structure in the north and that it is unstable there."

"Whereas in Pristina, there are criminal authorities that are now accusing the North of Kosovo of being a crime hub. However, since the warning came at this time, it is interpreted as meaning that there could be major incidents not related to crime, instead it could, happens if somebody gets the idea - and there I' m thinking of those with clouded minds - to conquer the north of Kosovo and Metohija by military means," Dacic said.

He added neither Serbia nor Pristina have full sovereignty over Kosovo on the ground. Serbia, Dacic continued,, does not have full sovereignty since the NATO bombing and the Kumanovo Agreement, while Pristina doesn't have full sovereignty in the north of Kosovo and Metohija.

"Their aim is to, if things drag out, try to achieve the Croatian scenario and create another (Operation) Storm, expel Serbs from Kosovo and extend their sovereignty to the north. That is why our warning both to the international community and to our citizens is that frozen conflict will not last forver, because it is a problematic concept that could lead to such attacks," Dacic said.

He added that it is not favorable for Pristina that 11 since Kosovo unilaterally declared independence, it ha not become a member of the UN, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, or Interpol, while the EU in refers to it as a territory and not a state in its documents.

On the other hand, Serbia is constantly working on those countries that recognized the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo to reverse that decision, despite pressure coming from the United States, Dacic said. "The situation has changed now, because many countries leave the possibility of reaching a compromise," Dacic said, adding that because of all these circumstances that do not work in Pristina's favor, it is likely that Ramush Haradinaj will not withdraw the taxes (on goods from central Serbia).

In such an atmosphere, says the head of Serbian diplomacy, it is uncertain when the dialogue will continue, but, he says, it will not happen before the taxes have been abolished.

Dacic also said that he "won't let anyone criticize him about Kosovo even when he is proposing solutions that do not like someone."

"I have the right to do it. I have done more for a Serb Kosovo than the all foreign ministers in history put together," Dacic said.

Source: https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2019&mm=04&dd=03&nav_id=106546

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