Kurti on the ruling on V. Decani land: There are plenty of procedural violations

Kurti Aljbin

I believe that there are plenty of procedural violations in the Constitutional Court’s ruling on the property of the Visoki Decani monastery, said the Kosovan Prime Minister, Albin Kurti, Klan Kosova reports.

Kurti testified that he – as the top representative of the government – was asked not to interfere in the work of other institutions, however, as he claims, when it comes to the monastery Visoki Decani, he was urged to support the Constitutional Court’s ruling.

According to him, numerous violations have been committed in connection with this case.

„We cannot be represented by the AKM, nor by UNMIK after the declaration of independence, but the AKP was supposed to do so, and that violation was committed. They are countless such violations, but the Kosovo government sticks to justice“, Klan Kosova reports.

Kurti revealed that he is ready to talk, and that he even asked the top priests of the Orthodox Church in Kosovo to start a joint dialogue – a proposal they allegedly did not accept.

„They met with and had a dialogue with all prime ministers before me, I’m the only exception,“ Kurti said, Klan Kosova writes.

Furthermore, the Kosovan Prime Minister underscored that there are other judgments of the Constitutional Court that have not been implemented.

However, no one is talking about them, it’s like a buffet of Constitutional Court rulings – he adds.

„I think that setting conditions on Kosovo is not a wise thing, but I also think that we need them to help us become a member of the Council of Europe, without being hindered in this endeavor while our application is being processed,“ he said, Klankosova.tv reports.

This is not the first time Kurti called for dialogue with SOC representatives in Kosovo. However, his latest call arrived just two days after Visoki Decani reminded that more than six years have passed since the Kosovo Constitutional Court confirmed the monastery’s ownership of 24 hectares of land, and that an agreement on the construction of a bypass road to Montenegro, outside of the Special Protective Zone of the monastery, was signed in November 2020. The call also followed the recent visit of a group of international representatives to Kosovo.

“Neither Kosovo institutions respect and continue with legal lawlessness. This attitude best shows the unwillingness of Kosovo institutions to respect their own legal norms and religious freedoms of the SOC, which continues to terrorize the monastery of Visoki Decani, which has been attacked four times by Albanian extremists since the end of the war, which is why it’s under continuous protection of KFOR,” reads one of the many messages sent by the monastery over the years.

Kurti, however, is not the only Pristina official who publicly objected to the implementation of this decision of the highest court in Kosovo. Similar protests became more frequent in the last year. On the other hand, the Diocese of Raska and Prizren, as well as international diplomats, have repeatedly called for the implementation of the ruling, and long-term solutions to preserve the rights of the SOC in Kosovo.

Back in February, the Diocese of Raska and Prizren reacted to Pristina officials once again openly opposing the implementation of the verdict on the monastery land and Kurti’s call for dialogue, saying that local institutions constantly call for dialogue with the SOC.

“That dialogue is not possible with someone who shows us open ethnic and religious discrimination and unwillingness to respect their own laws,“ the Diocese underlined at the time.

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