"Media in Pristina blame Serbs for anti-Serb incidents"

Marko Djuric has said that media in Pristina "have focused on blaming Serbs" for the attacks in the village of Gorazdevac - a Serb enclave in Kosovo.

Source: Beta, RTS

The director of the Serbian government's Office for Kosovo told state broadcaster RTS said that "all the leading dailies in Kosovo carry articles about Serbs staging the attack against themselves" and about "Serbian security structures being behind it."

"I think it shows how bad the political climate is for our compatriots who live there," Djuric said.

He added that representatives of Serbia, on the occasion of the attacks in Gorazdevac - that targeted private homes, cars, and a memorial dedicated to murdered children and NATO victims - spoke "with all relevant international officials."

"I think the international community has called for an urgent investigation. However, Serbs in Kosovo and Metohoja no longer trust local institutions and expect KFOR, the international community, international organizations that are present there, to provide them with security," Djuric said.

Asked how the opening of chapters in the process of Serbia's EU accession would "impact on the situation in Kosovo" Djuric said that "a strong Serbia suits Serbs in Kosovo."

"The opening of chapters in the dialogue between Belgrade and the EU is good news for the entire country and for our people in Kosovo and Metohija and undoubtedly the result of not only the policy of the government in the past year, but of all the reform efforts our country has made in the past two to three years," he said.

Djuric added it was the fact that Serbia, regardless of Pristina's obstruction of implementation of the agreement from Brussels, is receiving support for continued EU integration and that it shows all the effort of the prime minister and the government of Serbia "is not in vain."

"The EU has an interest in cooperation with Serbia and in enlargement to Serbia," Djuric concluded.


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