Albanians "personally responsible for safety of Serbs"
Marko Djuric was in Gorazdevac on Monday when he said Kosovo Albanian politicians are personally responsible for the safety of Serbs in this enclave.Source: Beta, Tanjug
The Serbian government Office for Kosovo director's trip and comments came after a series of incidents in Gorazdevac on Monday, which he earlier in the day characterized as "Albanian terrorism."
Djuric visited a damaged memorial in the village's center - raised to honor the victims of the NATO's 1999 bombing, and the Serb children gunned down in Gorazdevac - to reiterate that the latest attacks were terrorist in nature, just as was a recent incident in a village near Vucitrn when a hand grenade was thrown at a store but failed to detonate.
"My message once again to all responsible Albanian politicians: take care of Serb children, as you do of your own. As far as Serbia is concerned, you are personally responsible for the safety of these people. To all those who decide in Pristina I say that they are personally responsible for the safety of these people," Djuric said.
According to him, it was the political climate created in Kosovo that had led to the attack in Gorazdevac, followed by a blackout in the village and its wider area, and then the entry of "an organized terrorist gang."
"The attack on the Serbs in Gorazdevac was not just an attack on them, behind these people are millions of Serbs throughout Serbia and whoever touches the Serbs in Gorazdevac makes a terrible injustice not only toward the dead to which the desecrated monument was dedicated and toward the children, but is making an act of aggression against the whole Serbian nation," he said.
The Serbian government will repair the memorial, Djuric said, announcing that Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic will visit the local Serbs, and adding that "Serbs will stay here and survive - but a bitter taste will remain that 16 years after the aggression against our country and attempts exterminate Serbs from here, the political climate is not mature and good."
"It is important that the citizens know that Gorazdevac came under attack from a burst of gunfire with the use of armor-piercing ammunition, only that kind could have cut this monument in half and done the damage. The damage that has been done is primarily psychological," Djuric said.
Djuric spoke with Serb representatives and residents of Gorazdevac, who informed him that during the shooting incident power went out in the wider area of the village. The official was accompanied by Belgrade's liaison officer in Pristina Dejan Pavicevic, Kosovo government ministers Dalibor Jevtic and Ljubomir Maric, and Head of the Pec District Vinka Radosavljevic.
"Serbian representatives in the Kosovo institutions have requested a meeting with Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa on this subjects, we have alarmed the international community, and expect them to provide peace and stability here," concluded Djuric.
"Attack on all Serbs in Kosovo"
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said earlier on Monday the incidents in Gorazdevac represented "an attack on the entire Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija " and announced that a government delegation would visit the Serbs in that village on December 7 and 8, adding he would also "soon visit the Serbs in Gorazdevac and other parts of Kosovo."
"I'm not expecting anything from Pristina, but it is high time that the international community took measures and protected the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija," Vucic said, adding that he spoke with a number of international officials "and would call NATO and EULEX representatives following the attack in Gorazdevac," Beta reported.
"This is bad, disturbing news and I hope, but I do not expect the assailants will be found. Still, I believe that the international community will approach this problem seriously," said Vucic.