The security situation in Kosovo is relatively stable despite the high number of attacks on Serbs and non-Albanians and their property in 2018, Serbian Internal Affairs Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said on Thursday.
The minister told a meeting of the Serbian Parliament’s Defense and Security Committee that the attacks included physical assaults, arson, attacks on religious shrines, destruction of property, threats and provocation.
Stefanovic was at the committee meeting to present the ministry’s annual report for 2018.
He said the situation in the Ground Safety Zone was peaceful with no terrorist attacks or provocation but with “some risk factors and the police and army at heightened state of alert”.
Stefanovic said that criminals from Kosovo were crossing the boundary line to steal lumber and tools. He said the latest incident was not as serious as the media reported it to be, explaining that a local man heard what he said was a shot and reported it to the police.
The minister’s report said that crime rates had dropped last year and the number of crimes solved had increased.
The session was not attended by opposition MPs who are boycotting parliament.