Officials in Pristina and Belgrade traded harsh words on Friday with an advisor to Kosovo’s foreign minister calling Serbian official Marko Djuric “nationalist scum” and the government’s Office for Kosovo responding with claims of hatred towards Serbs in general.
“Marko Djuric is nationalist scum,” the outgoing foreign minister’s advisor Jetlir Ziberaj told the media in Pristina. He confirmed the statement for the KoSSev news portal: “Yes he is nationalist scum”. Earlier, Ziberaj told Pristina’s Gaseta Express daily that the European Union “should not pressure us in future to allow visits by a Serb nationalist scum like Djuric”.
Djuric heads the Serbian government’s Office for Kosovo and as a government official he has to inform the authorities in Pristina of visits to Kosovo in advance. He has been refused entry and was arrested once for crossing the border illegally.
His deputy at the Office for Kosovo Dusan Kozarev responded saying that Ziberaj was “Serb-hater”. “Jetlir Ziberaj is one of the greatest Serb-haters in Kosovo and his hate speech today was just a reflection of his most intimate and sickest chauvinist feelings,” he wrote in a statement released to the media. Kozarev said that Ziberaj was no alone in his views. “It seems that the entire Albanian so-called political elite in Kosovo will have to undergo treatment and de-Nazification,” Kozarev wrote.
Djuric is in northern Kosovo for a saint‘s day celebration. Ziberaj confirmed that he had been given permission for the visit in line with the Brussels agreement.