Jaksic: The stories of humanitarian catastrophe blown out of proportion

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Danas (Translation provided by KoSSev)

The stories of the great humanitarian catastrophe in the north of Kosovo are blown out of proportion and do not line up. Only state pharmacies are empty, which were not well stocked even before these sanctions. Shelves in shops, supermarkets and private pharmacies are well stocked and they would be even more so if Belgrade allowed alternative ways of supplying goods, but official Belgrade does not allow it in order to continue spreading the story of a humanitarian catastrophe – a representative of the People’s Movement „Otadzbina“, Marko Jaksic told Belgrade-based newspaper Danas.

Pristina would probably not allow the opening of alternative roads?

Nothing depends on the Albanians, because these are back roads in the north of Kosovo and to control all the roads you would have to have an army of 100,000 people. The humanitarian catastrophe could be solved in a simple way with three bulldozers working for 15 days, but also by raising salaries for Serbs from KiM, so that they can buy goods in the same stores where Albanians shop.

Daily protests in Kosovo, however, indicate that human and all other rights of Serbs in Kosovo are endangered?

These actions in Kosovska Mitrovica, designed by the Office for Kosovo and Metohija, are, so to speak, politically stupid and unimaginative. Who is affected by the band-aids over students’ mouths in Kosovska Mitrovica? Certainly not Brussels, Washington, Tirana … The Serbs could demonstrate in such a futile way for another thousand years and nobody would be affected and it will not move the public. I had the opportunity to organize protests and blockades in KiM in 2011 and I know what can affect external factors, and these kinds of protests are certainly not it.

The state-owned Serbian media still claim that such protests also show that Srpska Lista has an undivided support among Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija?

This support may have been best seen on Saturday at Svetlana Ceca Raznatovic’s concert which was attended by no more than 200 people, and the attendance of the concert was a work obligation of the Serbs in KiM. All shops, grocery stores, and cafes were closed on that day so that people had to go to the concert, but still, the Serbian national folk diva, Svetlana Ceca Raznatovic experienced a complete fiasco, having managed to find approximately two hundred people to attend. This only speaks about how many Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija appreciate this government, because regardless of the calls, they did not attend the provided entertainment. Their logic was that if they had to go to rallies as a work obligation – they do not have to go to concerts.

Does this mean that Srpska Lista does not have a lot of support?

The support to Srpska Lista was created artificially and forced. It was created through a system of violence and it is no wonder that it is on a shaky ground.

If Haradinaj’s blacklist comes into force, some Serbian ministers and officials will no longer be able to enter Kosovo?

Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija did not have any major benefits from Serbian ministers so far, because each of their visits was clear marketing. Bearing in mind that there are fewer and fewer Serbs left in Kosovo, that Serbs are leaving Kosovo because they do not feel safe and because they do not have a job, Serbian ministers are not necessary and will not be missed by anyone.

How did Serbs in the north of Kosovo receive news that a large contingent of armored vehicles arrived in Kosovo?

As far as I know, no vehicles have arrived in the north of Kosovo, but as far as the creation of the Kosovo Army is concerned – Belgrade has no real answer here. Belgrade must threaten and tell them clearly and loudly that if they form the Kosovo army – Belgrade has the right to enter Kosovo with its army and police under Resolution 1244. In addition, the partition of the Serbs is a big mistake and a big hoax, because the Kosovo Army is not allowed to enter the north of Kosovo, but it can make the lives of Serbs south of the Ibar River harder. In this regard, Belgrade must fight to prevent the creation of the Kosovo army. If an army is created, Belgrade should refer to the Kumanovo agreement, but I am almost sure that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has no courage to make such strong moves.

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