Kurti’s Office: Serbia cannot carry out works on the Jarinje-Mitrovica road

Aljbin Kurti

Serbia is not allowed to carry out works on the Jarinje-North Mitrovica road, the Kosovo Prime Minister’s Office told the Pristina-based Klan Kosovo last night. This statement arrives only a day after the Serbian president announced that the works on this road section will start in a month at the latest.

„The Jarinje-Mitrovica road is a regional road of the Republic of Kosovo, and its maintenance is the responsibility of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo, which also applies to all other regional roads on the territory of the Republic,“ the Kosovo Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

They added that such statements coming from Serbia are „reckless“, and that „any possible action in this regard is unacceptable for Kosovo.“

On the other hand, they also stated that assessments of the condition of the road are currently being carried out, in order to determine whether there is a need to invest in that road section.

Klan Kosovo recalled that announcements about the assessments of the condition of the round also arrived from the previous Avdullah Hoti-led government and that the former Minister of Infrastructure Arban Abrashi announced that a feasibility study would be carried out.

The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, announced on Wednesday that the works on the reconstruction and expansion of the main Jarinje-North Mitrovica road will begin in a month at the latest. Vucic also revealed that the work order for the Jarinje-Mitrovica road section has already been issued and that funding has been secured.

„It is a long and important section that should connect North Mitrovica, but also the greatest number of Kosovo Serbs, all Serbs if I can say it that way – from Priluzje, Plementina, Babin Most to Vucitrn, Obilic to Pristina, but, also a good part of Gracanica and its surroundings,“ added Vucic.

This is not the first time Vucic spoke of a reconstruction of the 54-kilometers long main road from Jarinje to North Mitrovica.

„The road will be like a runway, six-meter wide asphalt with all the guard rails, canals. Let’s show how greater the strength of the Serbian state is today than it was in previous years and decades,“ he said a month ago, following a meeting with Kosovo Serb representatives.

The Ibar highway, especially the section from Jarinje to Rudare, is known for heavy traffic, while the safety of road users is greatly endangered due to poor horizontal road signalization.



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