Osmani: Kosovo committed to implement agreements including self-management for Serbs

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Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that Pristina is committed to implementing agreements including on the self-management for the Serbs.

“Kosovo has committed to implement and will implement agreements including self-management for the Serbs,” she said and accused Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic of never implementing agreements.

According to Osmani, the Banjska armed incident was “a clear act of aggression by Serbia” and was planned as an operation to annex northern Kosovo. “It was well planned with the sole purpose a Crimea-style annexation of northern Kosovo,” she said.

She said that the authorities in Pristina have no confirmation that Serbia has withdrawn its troops from the border area. “The buildup shows they want to continue the escalation and allow (Russian President Vladimir) Putin to open new front against the West in the Western Balkans,” Osmani said.

US Ambassador in Belgrade Christopher Hill said that a part of the Serbian troops deployed along the border with Kosovo had been withdrawn. I can say that we have confirmation that the number of troops has been reduced, he told the Tanjug agency.

Osmani said that punishing Serbia is important and accused the Serbian military of training the armed group of Kosovo Serbs involved in the Banjska incident. “We have very clear evidence against (Serbian President Aleksandar) Vucic which will be published in days to come,” she said.

She said that Kosovo is a victim of aggression and added that Pristina wants Kosovo Serb politician Milan Radoicic handed over. Radoicic was arrested in Belgrade earlier on Tuesday and faces up to 12 years in prison if found guilty on charges of trafficking weapons and endangering the public among other things. According to her, the arrest is something straight out of the Milosevic and Putin playbooks.