KFOR Commander Michele Risi visited the protective zone of the Visoki Decani Monastery today, where he met separately with Abbot Sava Janjic and Decani Mayor Bashkim Ramosaj. Risi’s visit arrived after the Diocese of Raska and Prizren once again demanded the suspension of the construction of the Decani-Plav road, as well after the mayor of Decani warned that „construction will not be suspended at any cost.“
During his visit, General Risi met with the Mayor of Decani Bashkim Ramosaj in his office, upon invitation by the local Municipality.
The Commander of KFOR also met with Abbot Sava Janjic at the Monastery.
“In both meetings the overall situation in the area was discussed, with special regard to the impact on security of the works on the R108 road that stretches in vicinity of the Visoki Decani Monastery,” the KFOR press release reads.
KFOR added that Major General Risi “reaffirmed KFOR’s impartial commitment to continue contributing to a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement for all communities in Kosovo, in accordance with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of 1999.”
The Diocese of Raska and Prizren announced on Thursday that, despite the ban on the construction of highways and transit roads through special protective zones in Kosovo, works on the main road between Decani-Plav near the monastery Visoki Decani have continued.
The Diocese alerted that heavy machinery (excavators, backhoe loaders, and road compactors) are operating within the Monastery’s Protective Zone. The road is being widened by several meters from its previous width, thus becoming essentially a category one highway, they noted, warning of damages to the monastery itself and its facilities due to the large number of construction vehicles present there.
The abbot of the monastery Visoki Decani, Sava Janjic reacted on Friday, emphasizing that the works on the road from Decani to Plav must be stopped.
The mayor of Decani, Bashkim Ramosaj from the ranks of AAK also reacted today, stressing that the construction would not be stopped at any cost, while also using a derogatory reference for the abbot of Visoki Decani, describing him as “crazy.”
In the meantime, Pristina media reported, and naming its source, that construction of the Decani-Plav road has been stopped by KFOR.
The mayor of Decani then reacted again, announcing that the works were suspended until Monday, but at the request of the Prime Minister of Kosovo.
„After noticing false news on various portals, I would like to inform you that at the request of the Prime Minister, Mr. Avdullah Hoti, we suspended the works on the R-108 road until the beginning of next week. Tomorrow is Sunday, a non-working day! We will continue on Monday,“ Ramosaj said.
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