Kosovo Office: Petkovic turned back from Jarinje, while Belgrade allowed a Pristina official to visit Presevo

Foto: Kancelarija za KiM

Once again, the Pristina authorities barred the head of the Kosovo Office, Petar Petkovic, from entering Kosovo at the Jarinje crossing this morning, the Kosovo Office announced. The Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs subsequently confirmed the news for KoSSev.

Petkovic was traveling to Kosovo today to attend the St. Patron’s Day at the Devic Monastery, visit the seminary in Prizren, and the Gligorijevic returnee family in the village of Novake, the Kosovo Office stated.

The Office underlined that this was the sixth ban on entry in 2021. They also stressed that, unlike on previous such occasions, Pristina did not notify official Belgrade, not even by e-mail, that the visit was not approved, adding that they learned about it at the crossing.

At the same time, the authorities in Belgrade approved the entry of a member of the cabinet of the Prime Minister of Kosovo in Presevo and Bujanovac, the Kosovo Office stated.

„Belgrade is acting responsibly and respecting the agreements on freedom of movement and official visits. We want normalization of relations, we want to build peace, we want better relations, because that is the key to peace and stability in the Western Balkans and Serbia, as improved relations will provide peace to our people in Kosovo and Metohija,“ Petkovic said.

Petkovic claimed that his visit was announced on time and in accordance with all agreements, alleging that the new ban simply shows how Kurti is „trampling over“ the agreements.

„He is not in favor of the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina. If the chief negotiator in Brussels is banned from entering the territory of Kosovo and Metohija from the Serbian side, then it is clear how they still treat Serbs living in Kosovo and Metohija, who suffer almost daily because of such anti-Serbian policy of Albin Kurti,“ he said.

In the meantime, we reached out to the spokesman of the Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Arben Rugova, regarding the allegations of the Kosovo Office. In a telephone conversation, Rugova asked us to contact him by e-mail.

„The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of the Republic of Kosovo did not approve the request of Serbian official Petar Petkovic to visit Kosovo on December 15, 2021,“ reads the ministry’s brief response to KoSSev.

The ministry did not specify why the request was rejected, nor did they address our inquiries about the visits of Pristina officials to Bujanovac and Presevo.

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