After the assassination of Oliver Ivanovic: No one wins a war against the dead

„Oliver Ivanovic could not be killed in Mitrovica, if someone had not been granted the permission in Belgrade , which is something that Serbs are most concerned about. A number of Serbs from the North, and certainly us from the enclaves are feeling freer in Pristina than we do feel it in the North, which is the most terrible thing. As an ethnic Serb, I am feeling fearful and distrustful towards Belgrade, which is the most horrible result „- said on Monday before Kraljevo citizens, the Serbian politician and professor at the Pristina University (located in North Mitrovica), Dr. Rada Trajkovic.

„The Local Front“ initiative which participates in city government, organized a panel discussion, „BELIEF IN OLIVER – Who Kills Kosovo?“ in the City Hall. On the investigation into Ivanovic’s murder and the current situation in Kosovo, Darko Dimitrijevic also spoke, the editor of Radio Gorazdevac, Marko Jaksic, Ivanovic’s party’s compatriot and Nenad Radosavljevic, the director of TV Mir from Leposavic.

„I think that the information is leaking to Belgrade. What witnesses testified was actually known half an hour later; in fact, it was already known who had said it – those who wanted to speak honestly about the problems that Oliver had had lately and about which he had already spoken in public – just two days before his murder,“ said Trajkovic.

Crime existed before,however, it was controlled.

The system in the north and south of Kosovo is controlled by the mafia, claimed Trajkovic again. She added that the crime existed in the past as well, but was, however, „controlled“.  She repeated her criticism of the police results, reminding us that no crime had been resolved.

„The basis for respecting human rights is respect for the law,“ Trajkovic emphasised.

Ivanovic had admitted he had received death threats, she further claimed, adding that he notified the President, BIA (Serbian Intelligence Agency), talked to „certain people“, reported threats to international representatives, the Kosovo police, and to both Kosovo and Serbian institutions.

„Nevertheless, two days later, unfortunately, in daylight, on a busy streets, Oliver was killed with six shots in his back, „Trajkovic said.

Trajkovic emphasised that due to the information been leaked from the police and Prosecution in the north it has compromised the initially reached accord between Belgrade and Pristina on high level Serb representation in the north of Kosovo and the entire Brussels agreement.

For Trajkovic, this was precisely the reason for the investigation to be taken over by the Special Prosecutor’s Office of Kosovo.

„I think that there is now a problem in Belgrade, because it is no longer familiar with what is actually going on in the Special Prosecutor Office,“ she claimed. Trajkovic added that Pristina-based politicans are also „rather isolated from the possibility to influence or have any knowledge“, while estimating that the U.S. „is in a way somewhat in control of the process“.

Trajkovic has no doubt that the culprits will be brought to justice:

„I know and I deeply believe that no one has ever won the war against the dead people. In that regard, those who committed this terrible crime, will surely face justice.“

Kosovo desires no Serbs, Serbia abandon them, the Serbian Orthodox Church is invaluable.

„The remaining Serbs are people that the Kosovo state does not want, while the Serbian state rejects us. We are literally a no-state nation and that is the essence of our problem. The only institution of invaluable significance for our survival is the Serbian Orthodox Church, especially for those of us who remain in the enclaves.“

Dimitrijevic: The Kosovo Serbs stares at Serbia as their homeland. They are a burden for both systems, though.

There is no constructive dialogue taking place between the grassroots people and the authorities, views Darko Dimitrijevic, the editor of Radio Gorazdevac, agreeing on the existence of a high rate of corruption and crime in Kosovo.

„As far as crime is concerned, I think that any authority that had for years and decades beforehand some ‘mighty’ people on the ground. Perhaps, it has culminated at present and I would refer to the situation beyond the north, as well, for having such a situation,“ said Dimitrijevic.

He claimed that there are a few fractions within Srpska Lista – from the one in the North, to the former SLS fraction in Strpce.

However, speaking of the small „ghetto environments“, such is Gorazdevac, where Serbs live in an ethnic Albanian surrounding:

„Both (Serbs and Albanians) have gone through the terrible times of war, left without their loved ones, and who cannot launch reconciliation even 20 years after the war.“

It is precisely at the expense of those people who have been struggling to survive in Kosovo that others „operate“, Dimitrijevic went further.

Even though only crumbs reach Kosovo out of the big money from Serbia it still keeps people there.

„The Vast majority of Serbs, even 100 percent, continue to gaze at Serbia as their homeland, although, I come from an area where there are the fewest remnants of the Serbian state…Still, people feel faithful. The crumbs that come from this country continue to keep the people.“

Who are bothering Kosovo Serbs who really aim to survive in Kosovo?

„I think that these people are simply a burden to both systems. Those Kosovo Serbs who sincerely stayed, and desire to go on with their lives there are bothering those Albanians who want to create an ethnically clean, homogeneous state. Also, our country and our president, is annoyed with us. Although everything goes in that direction, he is still annoyed that he cannot say that it is all over, there are no more Serbs there (left in Kosovo).“

„Then, we have the Team 2, headed by the Office for Kosovo (Serbian Government) and the Ministry of Communities and Return (Kosovo), which is literally part of the team that operates there (Kosovo) and who, I can freely say, do money laundering at the expense of those poor people. I think that this is most common in Metohija, but I think that it also the case in Štrpce, Gracanica and Pomoravlje – wherever we have this team. I could go on with countless examples here, but that part of the Srpska Lista that is in charge of us, south of the Ibar River, has really contributed to the large number of people moving away…“ – he claimed.

„When it comes to people, I think that they are the ones  – most of all, humiliated. People have been humiliated for years and there is plenty of them,“ he added.

Vucic promised well-bred cows, they delivered calves to people.

Asked of what they are humiliated by, Dimitrijevic cited a recent example:

„After our president promised various kinds of support to people, Metohija farmers should have received well-bred cows. You know what they got?! Calves!  The Office for Kosovo (Serbian) could not allegedly transport those cows across the border, so they then transferred it via the Ministry of Communities and Returns (Kosovo), which brought some calves to those households with a value of 150-200 euro.“

Dimitrijevic agrees that Serbian public justifiably sees the paramount sum allocated for Kosovo. However, only ‘crumbs’ reach the grassroots communities. The largest portion goes back to central powers, to finance some of their personal needs, policy campaigns, or anything, he concluded.




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