The Belgrade-backed Serb List condemned what it said was a brutal incursion by armed Albanian special formations in the north of Kosovo.
The Kosovo police conducted an operation under orders from a Pristina court to arrest two Serb police officers on charges of hiding evidence in the investigation into the murder of Kosovo Serb political leader Oliver Ivanovic.
A Serb List statement said that the operation was aimed at destabilizing the situation and intimidating the Serb people in Kosovska Mitrovica and turn the attention of the Albanians away from Pristina’s failed attempt to win membership in Interpol. The Serb List also demanded the release of the two people arrested in the operation.
“The mistreatment of innocent citizens without any evidence is becoming the standard mantra used by Albanian leaders to hide their defeats and failures,” the statement said and recalled that a similar operation was launched just two days after Pristina failed to win Interpol membership in November 2018.
“Today’s incursion and groundless arrest of out fellow citizen is a simple wild demonstration of force by Pristina over innocent citizens with the entire international community keeping quiet about it. We are demanding the immediate release of the groundlessly arrested and that the international community makes its baby see reason before the situation gets out of control. Responsibility for the security of all citizens in this area lies with UNMIK, KFOR, EULEX and other organizations,” the Serb List statement said.