PROVISIONAL Pristina authorities in Pristina have announced that Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija will be able to vote in a referendum on January 16 by mail or in the liaison office, and Parliamentary Committee Chairman Milovan Drecun points out that this is another in a series of provocations by Albin Kurti that could lead to series of incidents.
Drecun says that Kurti is trying in every way to present Kosovo as a state and to make both Belgrade and the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija treat his work as a state.
He emphasizes that the liaison office is not a diplomatic mission, so that people vote there, as well as that Serbian citizens living abroad vote by mail.
“But Kurti is persistently trying to pass by fraud. We will allow you to vote, but not at the polls as before. If it passes now, he would repeat it in April,” Drecun said, adding that this way of voting in Kosovo and Metohija was unacceptable for Belgrade. .
As he says, Belgrade expects the OSCE and the ambassadors of the Quinte countries to influence Kurti to behave rationally.
“They have to think ahead – when they call elections, those elections without the participation of the Serbian people would not have legitimacy. It has to think longer, but Kurti creates precedents that are unacceptable to us and which he wants to create incidents,” Drecun said.
Drecun asks what would happen if, despite that decision of the temporary Pristina authorities, Belgrade organized a vote.
This is a presumed situation, I am not saying that it will be, and I hope that the situation will be resolved, but in that case, would they invade with special units to arrest people? This is one of the critical situations that Pristina can use for violence against Serbs. Kurti is behaving in a way that is politically irrational and unnecessary unless he wants to provoke incidents and destabilize, “Drecun said.
Asked whether the EU is expected to announce itself on this issue, Drecun emphasized that Belgrade has a lot more advertising and that concrete actions are needed.
He also told the OSCE, the EU and the entire international community that he must force Pristina to behave rationally and point out to them the consequences that their current behavior could have.
“There are various measures that Belgrade could take on the occasion of the referendum, but the EU should influence Pristina to behave in a way that suits this situation,” Drecun said.
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