A group of senior officials of the German Christian Democratic Union, led by European Parliament Vice-President Reiner Wieland, visited the Visoki Decani Monastery today where they talked about the current situation in Kosovo, as well as about the monastery itself with Abbot Sava Janjic.
Visoki Decani monastery announced in a Facebook post that Father Sava Janjic talked to the guests about „the precarious position of Serbs and our holy sites in present-day Kosovo, as well as the dangers of territorial-ethnic partition, which would inevitably cause the emigration of the majority of the Serbian population“.
German politicians were also introduced to the position of the Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church, which „decisively remains against any partition or delimitation, but also against the recognition of Kosovo by Serbia, because Serbs have openly been treated as a second-class population in ‘ethnic Albanian territory’ in the last twenty years“.
The need for rule of law and respect of rights, genuine dialogue and reconciliation
The Visoki Decani monastery and its guests also discussed the need for a process of genuine dialogue and reconciliation, as well as the rule of law and respect of human and religious rights, underlining that there is no need for hasty solutions.
The guests were charmed by this shining example of medieval Serbian Orthodox spirituality and art – the monastery wrote, adding:
„They left, we hope, with a new experience in understanding the problems in the Western Balkans. Decani, as always, speaks much louder than political demagogy that is persistently spreading to the detriment of the ordinary people of KiM regardless of their ethnic or religious affiliation“.
The Visoki Decani Monastery is under the protection of UNESCO since 2005, after the war it was subjected to four armed attacks and several attempted terrorist attacks, including an armed attack by Kosovo Islamists in 2016. The Visoki Decani Monastery dates from the first half of the 14th century and is one of the most important cultural and historical religious heritage sites of the Christian civilization and the Serbian people
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