Serbian PM: EU and U.S. Parliamentarians’ Letter Prove They’ve Been Encouraging Pristina's Premier Kurti To Keep Undermining Peace | Beta Briefing

Serbian PM: EU and U.S. Parliamentarians’ Letter Prove They’ve Been Encouraging Pristina's Premier Kurti To Keep Undermining Peace

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News / Politics | 08.08.23 | access_time 17:38

Serbian Government building (BETAPHOTO/NENAD PETROVIC)

In a response to a letter signed by a few dozen European and U.S. parliamentarians on Aug. 7, requesting tighter measures against Belgrade, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic on Aug. 8 said that the letter “is more than welcome,” because “it offers a living proof that [Kosovo Premier Albin] Kurti truly enjoys full support and encouragement for undermining peace and stability in the Balkans.”

“Evading implementation of reached agreements (both, the Brussels Agreement by rejected to create and Association/Community of Serb-majority Municipalities for more than a decade, and the Ohrid Agreement requesting implementation of the Brussels Agreement) and undermining fundamental human rights of the Serbs in Kosovo,” Brnabic has written on her X (former Twitter) account.

Brnabic added that “everything one should know about democracy in the rule of law in Kosovo is that so far this year, members of the ‘Kosovo security structures’ have shot six Serbs and no one has been held accountable.”

“The most prominent example of the absence of credibility and impartiality with the signatories of this letter is that [the chair of the British Committee on Foreign Affairs] Alicia Kearns has managed to become one of the very few individuals whose statements have been denied by KFOR,” Brnabic said, adding that “Kearns continues to present lies, even in this letter.”

A few dozen European and U.S. parliamentarians on Aug. 7 addressed a joint letter to the officials of the United States, Europe and Great Britain, requesting that the policy on Kosovo and Serbia be reconsidered.

The letter, addressed to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and British Foreign Minister James Cleverly, was signed by foreign affairs parliamentary committee chairs from ten states, and another 56 parliamentarians from the European Parliament and Great Britain, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Austria, Italy, Germany, Holland and other states.

The letter signed by, among others, the chair of the British Committee on Foreign Affairs, Alicia Kearns, her counterpart in Bundestag Michael Roth, the chair of Bundestag’s Committee on European Affairs, Toni Hofreiter, expressed concerns over the current policy the EU, the U.S. and Great Britain had pursued towards Serbia and Kosovo, requesting that it should be reconsidered.

“Kosovo is a sovereign country and a functioning democracy. This fact should form the basis of our common policy towards the current crisis.” the signatories stated on Twitter on Aug. 7.

“Serbia’s attempts to disrupt democratic elections in Kosovo must be publicly denounced as foreign interference, and concrete action must be taken to hold Serbia accountable if it continues to undermine free and fair elections. That will help facilitate future elections with full participation of all communities in the municipalities in the north,” the letter reads.

“The current approach is not working. We ask that the international community learn from our past and ensure that we do not pursue Belgrade-centric policies in the Balkans,” the letter went on to say.

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