Mayor of Decani: I will not implement the decision of the Constitutional Court even at the cost of losing office

Baškim Ramosaj, gradonačelnik Dečana
Foto: KTV, caption

The Mayor of Decani Municipality, Bashkim Ramosaj told KTV that he would not implement the Constitutional Court’s decision on the confirmation of Decani monastery’s ownership of 24 hectares of land in the vicinity of the monastery even at the cost of losing the function of municipal leader, Pristina-based Koha reported.

The middle of May of this year marked three years since the Kosovo Constitutional Court upheld the decision of the Supreme Court confirming the ownership of over 24ha of land near the Visoki Decani Monastery.

This anniversary, like the previous one, prompted diplomats in Kosovo, in particular, the US ambassador to Pristina, Philip Kosnett and the head of the EU Office in Kosovo, Nataliya Apostolova to urge the Kosovo authorities to implement this decision reached by the Constitutional Court.

This appeal, however, was harshly criticized by the branch of the League of Historians of Kosovo in Decani, as well as by the president of this municipality.

While the League of Historians of Kosovo called Apostolova’s appeal „dangerous, anti-democratic and racist“ because it calls for the implementation of the „unconstitutional decision of the Constitutional Court“ which dates from „the system of Milosevic’s violent laws which are discriminatory and invalid in Kosovo,“ the Mayor of Decani, who refuses to implement the court’s decision to register monastery’s ownership of the land in the cadaster, describing the decision of the court as „one-sided.“

Ramosaj claimed that he would not implement the decision because, in his words, it represents a setback to the economic development of the municipality of Decani, thus „killing the hope of the citizens of this municipality,“ Koha wrote.

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