Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said that 13 percent of Serbs left Kosovo in the past year because of the pressures by the Pristina regime.
Speaking at the Belgrade Economic Forum, Dacic said that 446 ethnically motivated attacks on Serbs in Kosovo have been recorded since the beginning of 2021.
“No attempts of releasing tendentious disinformation and laying blame on Belgrade can hide the simple fact that, since he has been at the helm of the provisional institutions of self-government in Kosovo, Albin Kurti is the one most responsible for the escalation of the situation in Kosovo and Metohija,” said Dacic, who is also the First Deputy Prime Minister (Kosovo and Metohija is the official name for what the Serbian authorities consider to be the country’s southern province).
He stressed that the return to Kosovo and Metohija is still not possible for more than 200,000 internally displaced persons.
“That is why we call on international actors to ensure the safety of the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, as a condition of all conditions so that we can continue the dialogue process. Belgrade will be committed to dialogue, but we believe that, at this time, it is necessary to implement without further delay all the obligations from the agreements reached so far, first of all to form the Community of Serb Municipalities, an obligation that Pristina undertook more than 10 years ago under the Brussels Agreement,” said Dacic.
The Belgrade Economic Forum is an annual event that brings together many representatives of politics, economics, science, culture and other fields.