Serbian official banned from visiting Kosovo, government body says

Source: N1

The Serbian government Office for Kosovo said on Tuesday that its Director Petar Petkovic has been banned from attending a saint’s day celebration at the Visoki Decani monastery.

A statement said that the Institutions in Pristina did not give permission for Petkovic to enter Kosovo for a two-day visit on November 24-25. It claimed that he was due to visit what it called “socially endangered” Serb families to deliver aid as well as attending the saint’s day celebration at the Serbian Orthodox Church monastery.

“This is the fourth time that the authorities in Pristina have prevented the Office Director from visiting the province and the question is whether the international players are prepared to rein in (Kosovo Prime Minister) Albin Kurti in his destructive campaign against all the Brussels Agreement and other agreements reached in the dialogue process,” it said. The Serbian authorities consider Kosovo a southern province as stated in the preamble to the constitution and call the Kosovo government the “temporary institutions in Pristina”.

The statement said that the decision to ban Petkovic from visiting Kosovo is “in direct violation of all agreements on freedom of movement and official visits”. It added that the international community would be informed as well as the European Union’s envoy for the Kosovo dialogue Miroslav Lajcak.