Press Statement of the President of the Republic of Kosovo

Prishtina, March 27, 2018 – Precisely on the day when the Kosovo institutions started work on the establishment of a wide institutional Working Group, which will cooperate with the Management Team and the OSCE Mission in Kosovo on the drafting of the Statute of the Association of Serb-majority Municipalities, the provocation by the state of Serbia occurred.

This is also confirmed by today’s decision for the withdrawal of the Serbian List from the institutions of Kosovo.

The developments of Monday, March 26, 2018, are contradictory with the commitments for dialogue and sustainable peace building in Kosovo, and a violation of the efforts to normalize relations between Kosovo and Serbia.

I call to respect and maintain the spirit of the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia and to remain focused on the normalization of relations, the building of good neighborliness and reconciliation.

Today I talked again with the EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini, with whom we once again agreed on the need to reduce tensions, because the dialogue has no alternative and we all have to focus on the way forward. The EU High Representative informed me that she will travel to Belgrade today to meet with the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, to convey the same message to him as well that dialogue and reconciliation are the only way forward.

Kosovo remains committed to the rule of law throughout its territory and will always request that all shall respect the laws of Kosovo.

I am sorry that yesterday’s events have stirred up the peace and distressed all the communities of Kosovo, but I invite them all to maintain the tranquility.

While the police has shown professionalism in her work, I also greet the reaction of the state institutions, in particular of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Kosovo Police who reacted on time, and their readiness to review and evaluate with high professionalism and responsibility all the developments of Monday, March 26, 2018, related to the illegal entry of Marko Djuric in Kosovo.

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