North Mitrovica citizens on the license plates reciprocity: We want the same thing Pristina wants – autonomy

„It is a kind of pressure to expel the rest of the Serbs in the north. Like we have a say. This is a test balloon. Trepca, Valac, Gazivode, and the health and education system are next. Those a little bit stronger than us are making these decisions. In fact, Kurti is working for the Serbian cause because it will speed up the process of drawing lines. I want the same thing they want to have – autonomy. That is what the Serbian people want from Pristina. I’m not ready for my children to attend a school within the Kosovan system. Both negotiating parties should make efforts to resolve the problem as soon as possible. An abnormal person would find this absurd let alone a normal one.“

How do citizens of North Mitrovica assess Pristina’s decision to introduce temporary license plates, i.e. to ban the use of Serbian plates? Has this measure affected them, and in what way? How will this situation end? – these are some of the questions KoSSev asked the citizens of North Mitrovica regarding the Kosovo government’s decision to introduce reciprocity for Serbian license plates.

„I assess it as a kind of pressure to expel the rest of the Serbs in the north of Kosovo. So, all the things they already did in Pristina, Djakovica, Prizren, they now want to clean up Mitrovica, Zvecan and Zubin Potok, to achieve their ultimate goal – an ethnically pure Kosovo.“

„I don’t think it should have been introduced. It should not have happened. If there was a problem, it could have been overcome through dialogue, but in any case, such rigorous unannounced measures – it’s not right.“

„If there was any justice, their plates should be banned, not ours.“

„Like we have a say. Those a little bit stronger than us are making these decisions.“

„In fact, I think he (cf. Kurti) is working for the Serbian cause because it will speed up some processes to draw the lines so that we finally know where we are at.“

„The decision has not particularly affected me, but many people were affected. I do not drive a car, but it affected many people. Quite a large number of people have been affected by this measure.“

„The measure sure did affect me. An abnormal person would find this absurd let alone a normal one.“

„I don’t think the people will give in this time. This is a test balloon. Trepca, Valac, Gazivode and health, education systems are next. I’m not ready for my children to attend school within the Kosovan system. I want the same thing they want to have, some kind of independence, autonomy. That is what the Serbian people want from Pristina. What they want from Belgrade – that is what the Serb population in Kosovo wants from Pristina. They want some kind of autonomy to be able to make decisions about their lives.“

„I think that both negotiating parties should make an effort to solve the problem as soon as possible, because the problem is reflected on both sides, Serbs and Albanians, and the one who created the problem should show tolerance and return the situation to its previous state.“

„It will not be solved without force, that’s for sure. It all depends on America – no one else. The West is in charge of all this.“

„God willing, the people don’t have a say, only those who are a little stronger do.“

The roads near Jarinje and Brnjak have been blocked since last Monday following the decision of the Kosovo government to introduce reciprocity for Serbian license plates. Kosovo special police forces have been stationed at the barricades since Monday.

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