Serbs: Shortage of goods in north; Pristina: Staged humanitarian crisis

Serbs: Shortage of goods in north; Pristina: Staged humanitarian crisis

Serbs: Shortage of goods in north; Pristina: Staged humanitarian crisis Izvor: N1

The KoSSev website editor Tatjana Lazarevic told N1 that the lack of goods from Serbia lasted some ten days during which the products were available from the stocks, while Kosovo's Prime Minister said it was a plan to improvise humanitarian crisis and that Pristina wouldn't allow that.

She added that the situation looked normal at first glance, but that “a certain level of panic” was also visible.

“What is being sold in the last ten days is from the reserves, some say from the last reserves. Those stores which look better supplied have more stocks,” Lazarevic said.

The Politika daily said the population in the four municipalities in northern Kosovo were “a step away from the humanitarian catastrophe," while the head of the Government Office for Kosovo Marko Djuric said the Albanians had lately cut off all channels for supplying the north with staples but did not specify what channels he had in mind.

Kosovo introduced the 100 percent import duties on goods from Serbia and Bosnia last November and refused to revoke the decision despite public calls from both the US and the European Union. Officially that stopped almost any supply.

Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said Pristina's authorities “know about the (Serbs’) plan for improvising humanitarian crisis.”

“We have proofs for such scenarios and (know) people involved in it. We won't allow a shortage of a single product because they (the Serbs) are Kosovo’s citizens. And we will surely discover these strange projects..,” Haradinaj said.

He added, “the scenario will be activated on Thursday.”

“They want us to turn a blind eye to smuggling. We cannot allow that,” Haradinaj said.

The dialogue on the normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina has been on hold since the taxes were imposed and Serbia 
 says there won't be the continuation of the talks as long as the tariffs are in place. The EU supports that stand.

Pristina, however, says the dialogue will have some sense only if it ends in mutual recognition, what Belgrade says will never accept for the whole Kosovo's territory.

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