Kosovo PM, international representatives discuss situation in N. Kosovo

NEWS 05.06.202323:03

At a meeting with international representatives on the situation in northern Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti made accusations against the Serbs, while the international representatives repeated their requests to Pristina.

Kurti met Monday with French Ambassador to Pristina Olivier Guerot and German Deputy Ambassador Matthias Conrad.

“We discussed violence in the north against KFOR, Kosovo Police and journalists caused by Serbian extremist groups,” said Kurti, KoSSev reported.

He said the situation needs to de-escalate so elections in northern Kosovo could be held.

“De-escalation and rule of law to ensure free future elections are imperative,” said Kurti.

Conrad said following the meeting that the Kosovo Prime Minister expressed his opinion on the current events in the north of Kosovo and on the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue.

The French Ambassador reiterated a “clear stance” on the latest statement by Quint and the European Union (EU) and said that steps need to be taken immediately towards the goals laid down in the EU statement.

Guerot said he discussed with Kurti what actions will be taken in connection with the international representatives’ requests, and listed the requests: new local elections to be held with the participation of Kosovo Serbs, beginning of work on the establishment of the Community of Serb Municipalities within the EU-facilitated dialogue.

The international community has been calling on Belgrade and Pristina to de-escalate the situation triggered by a new crisis in northern Kosovo 11 days ago, which started with the Kosovo special forces’ violent entry into the municipal administration buildings in Zvecan, Zubin Potok and Leposavic.