Vucic of Serbia accuses the United States and Pristina of not respecting any agreement on Kosovo
BELGRADE (Sputnik) – The United States and Kosovar authorities in Pristina are not following any action or agreement on Kosovo, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said after a Security Council meeting convened on Sunday amid growing tensions in the predominantly Serb-populated north of Kosovo.
Vucic called the meeting after Kosovo’s de facto leader Albin Kurti urged the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) to dismantle road barricades erected by local Serbs in the north of the breakaway region. He said Pristina would wait for a response from the KFOR mission command until the evening. If KFOR refuses to intervene, Kosovo’s own security forces will be ready to carry out this operation themselves, Kurti said.
“We have a question for our American partners. Tell us, which agreement does Pristina respect and which act do you respect? The United Nations Charter, United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244, the Brussels Accord or the Washington Accord? those documents that Pristina respects, at least one that they and the United States respect,” Vucic said in his remarks after the meeting.
Washington and Pristina believe they can “do anything [they] want and as much as [they] want”, without respecting any agreement on Kosovo, declared the Serbian president.
Serbs in northern Kosovo began erecting road barricades on Saturday to protest the arrest of Dejan Pantic, a former policeman who left his post in mid-November and was arrested by Kosovo authorities at the Kosovo border crossing. Jarinje, suspected of having “terrorism.”
On Saturday evening, Vucic said in his address to the nation that Belgrade would send an official request to the KFOR mission command for permission to deploy the Serbian army and police in Kosovo under Security Council resolution 1244. United Nations security. He also showed photos of Kosovar soldiers in heavy equipment and with automatic weapons in the north of the region near the border with Serbia. Vucic recalled that, according to previously concluded agreements, special police forces can only be deployed in Serb-majority municipalities with the authorization of regional chiefs.
Earlier on Sunday, Vucic pledged his country would continue its efforts to settle the Kosovo issue through legal means and called on Pristina to establish the Community of Serbian Municipalities in accordance with the 2013 Brussels Agreement.