Serbia’s Government Office for Kosovo said on Monday that the flags of Albania and the former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA, or UÇK in Albanian) put up in northern Mitrovica’s Bosnjacka Mahala district were a provocation by Pristina’s authorities.
“It’s a pre-mediated, dangerous provocation aiming at triggering an unbalanced reaction by the Serbs in Kosovo’s north who heavily suffered from the UÇK terrorists,” the Office statement said.
In the meantime, news from Brussels indicated that the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations at the highest level was not likely soon.
The statement added that “though the perpetrator is hidden, the celebration of the UÇK has its recognisable signature leading to the Pristina authorities.”
It said the flags were “an obvious attempt by Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti to “raise tensions in the north again”, and he was not interested in the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue and normalisation of relations.