Brnabic: Vucic family members’ names on arrest list – a provocation

NEWS 23.12.2022 17:28
FoNet/Milica Vučković

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said Friday that it is nothing new for Serbia that Pristina is putting together a list of Serbs who are to be arrested, adding that the publishing of the names of the Serbian President’s brother and son on this list is “a new provocation and a new destabilization of the region.”

The Serbian Government quoted Brnabic as saying that the list is “a new attempt to create chaos”, adding that she accused Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti of “continuously doing this with the aim of causing a conflict.”

„And really, after this, no one in the international community has the right to turn a blind eye to the fact which even Pristina no longer hides, and that is that they have a list of undesirable Serbs,” Brnabic said.

The Prime Minister noted that “there are names on that list that have absolutely nothing to do with politics,” and stressed that she condemns “the attack on the family of (Serbian) President Aleksandar Vucic.”

Brnabic said she also strongly condemns “the persecution and targeting of all people on the mentioned list, but also of all the other people who are not of Albanian nationality, and who cannot achieve even the most basic human rights in Kosovo and Metohija (the official name for what the Serbian authorities consider to be the country’s southern province).”

The Prime Minister once again appealed to the international community “not to turn a blind eye to the terror being perpetrated against the Serbs,” stressing that “open threats, public intimidation and political persecution” are the reality they live in.

“I remind you that this is happening in the 21st century, in the heart of Europe, under the auspices of UNMIK, EULEX and KFOR, and that it is high time everyone stood up to protect them,“ said Brnabic.

Commenting the arrest list, the Prime Minister said the only difference is that this time they “made it public”, although “six days ago, they (Pristina) officially denied making such a list.”

Brnabic said she was sure that the people on the list would all be arrested and that they would “have the same treatment as (former Kosovo police officer) Dejan Pantic,” whose family had no information about him for 13 days.

“This violation of Dejan Pantic’s rights is the best image of the character of Albin Kurti, (Kosovo President) Vjosa Osmani and all those who manage temporary institutions in Pristina today,” said Prime Minister Brnabic.

Self-Determination Movement member of the Kosovo Parliament Armend Muja has released a list of names of what he said were “Serbian criminal organizations and their leaders,” and has asked that they be arrested.