Serbia’s president says Albin Kurti’s approach could spark ‘major conflict’ in divided province
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic warned in an interview released Sunday that tensions in Serbia’s breakaway province of Kosovo could spiral out of control due to the actions of Prime Minister Albin Kurti. Violent clashes broke out between local police and Serb protesters.
Vucic said in an interview with Serbian TV channel Pink “The most difficult situation in Kosovo and Metohija is yet to come. What we have not seen until now is thanks to the provocative and extremely irresponsible behavior of Albin Kurti.”
Serbian leader continues to say he is “Fear of widespread insecurity, instability” and “Big Conflict” in divided provinces.
“I know another [Kurti]who caused everything, does not want to retire for a living because he aspires and dreams to be a [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky” He added.
Vučić noted that he was contacted by several European envoys who expressed concern about the ongoing situation in Kosovo, where there were violent clashes between the local police and the Serbs, who make up the majority in the north of the region.
Law enforcement officers fired tear gas in a city to disperse protesters trying to prevent the newly elected Albanian mayor from entering his office, injuring multiple people.
The unrest came after local Serbs mostly boycotted elections in four northern cities, with an overall turnout of just 3.47%, believing they would not cooperate with a new mayor from an ethnic Albanian party that did not represent their interests.
Amid the conflict, Serbia has placed its military on high alert, moving some troops closer to the region’s border.Defense Minister Milos Vucevic said “It is clear that terrorist activities against the Kosovo Serb community are taking place.”
At the same time, Western countries such as the United States, France, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom unexpectedly issued harsh public condemnations against Kosovo, condemned the use of force, and called on local authorities to “Take a step back and de-escalate immediately.”
Kosovo unilaterally declared independence in 2008 with the support of the United States and its many allies. Several countries, including Russia, China and Serbia itself, do not recognize the breakaway region.
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