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Kosovo’s Svecla responds to Vucic-We are no longer a weak people

September 9, 2022
Kosovo Internal Affairs Minister Xhelal Svecla said Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s statements remind him of the late 80s and early 90s when the Milosevic regime repression intensified.
After the Kosovo police started patrolling Thursday the border line between Kosovo and Serbia, and the area of the Gazivode lake, Vucic said the Albanians were “trying to quietly take over and occupy the north of Kosovo” and asked Kosovo to withdraw from the area.
“For us who are middle-aged, this is reminiscent of the late 80s and early 90s. Milosevic’s propaganda minister is saying this, it is the same language and the same approach that was used before the first four wars in the region were caused,” Svecla told the Pristina T7 TV, KoSSev reported.
Responding to Vucic, Svecla said the Albanian people are no longer as weak as they were and that Kosovo is not occupied. He said the Kosovo institutions are ready to become masters of their own country.
“The Albanian people is not a weak people, and Kosovo is neither oppressed nor occupied as it was back then. We are an independent state and we have institutions that are ready to become God to their own country and we have the best allies ever,” said Svecla.
The Minister denied that there is any violence against Serbs in Kosovo. He said Serb citizens are from Kosovo and they are happy that Kosovo is fighting against the crime and smuggling organized by gangsters and criminals in the North.
Svecla said he had the impression that Vucic is speaking for his audience, just to show that he is nervous.
The Minister confirmed that there are three new Kosovo police bases in northern Kosovo, that one more is under construction and that a new unit for rapid border interventions had recently been set up in the North.
By building illegal special police bases in North Kosovo, Pristina is “dismantling” the Brussels Agreement and illegally taking over the powers of KFOR, which is the only one that has the right to be in the green zone, said head of the Serbian Government Office for Kosovo Petar Petkovic.
“This makes it clear that Pristina actually does not want agreements, but conflicts and tension. But one thing is certain – the North of Kosovo and Metohija belongs to the Serb people, not to Kurti and Svecla,” said Petkovic.
“We are determined to restore law and order there. That is a part of Kosovo, this is our country and whatever unit needs to be there will be there. Yes, we also have the support of our allies, who guarantee safety with their presence there,” said Svecla.
Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/kosovos-svecla-responds-to-vucic-we-are-no-longer-a-weak-people/

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