Minister "will be arrested if he's wearing uniform"

Hashim Thaci has told a Bosnian television outlet that Aleksandar Vulin "can come to Kosovo as a man of peace."

Source: B92, Tanjug

However, said the Kosovo prime minister, Vulin "will be arrested if he comes wearing the uniform of a reservist."

Previously, the Serbian minister without portfolio in charge of Kosovo and Metohija was banned from entering Kosovo by the authorities there, who said they had launched an investigation against him

for entering Kosovo "illegally."

"We always thought Vulin should come as a man, as a civilized man… as a man of peace and in line with standards, with the message of rapprochement, understanding and assistance, not in the uniform of a reservist," Thaci told the Sarajevo-based BHT1 station.

The journalist who interviewed him then noted that PM Ivica Dačić had visited Gračanica "announcing the visit as religious, but giving a political speech." Thaci responded by saying that he "did not approve of the visits of officials being abused by anyone in the political sense, or in the sense of creating divisions within the Serb community in Kosovo."

Asked directly whether Vulin would be arrested "if his visit to Kosovo is neither religious nor humanitarian, but for the purpose of elections," Thaci said, according to the subtitled translation provided by the television:

"(Vulin) attempted to enter Kosovo as a reservist (he uses the word 'paramilitar' in the original), and it is clear that something of the kind is now allowed. If he enters illegally, as a reservist, I will make sure he is arrested and faces the law. "

Earlier this week, Deputy PM Aleksandar Vučić announced he would be traveling to Kosovo on Friday, and that he would take the trip together with Vulin.

Local elections are due to be held in Kosovo on Sunday, November 3.


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