Petkovic: Pristina to start issuing temporary license plates for cars with Serb plates as of tomorrow

Petar Petković
FOTO: KoSSev

Albin Kurti and the Pristina authorities are planning to start removing Serbian license plates at administrative crossings tomorrow and replacing them with so-called temporary Pristina license plates, the head of the Kosovo Office, Petar Petkovic, announced today, citing findings of this office. For days now, the Pristina authorities have been announcing reciprocity for Serbian license plates. KoSSev, however, was unable to obtain any information about these announcements from the Kosovan government.

Earlier this month, the Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Besnik Bislimi announced that reciprocity for Serbian license plates will be introduced starting from September 15th. Bislimi said that Kosovo would not accept an extension of the provisional license plate agreement after September 15th. He also stated Kosovo would behave in the same way as Serbia regarding cars with Kosovo license plates (RKS).

According to the agreement, all vehicles with KS license plates, which are no longer in use, from Kosovo can enter Serbia, while those with RKS have to replace these (license plates) at the border if they receive temporary license plates issued by the Serbian side. On the other hand, cars with Serbian license plates enter Kosovo freely with no additional procedures.

Despite Bislimi’s announcements, cars with Serbian license plates continued to enter Kosovo unimpeded even after September 15th.

In the meantime, the KoSSev portal contacted the Pristina authorities – namely, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Kosovo government – on the issue but did not receive a response by the time of publication.

The head of the Kosovo Office, Petar Petkovic, reacted today. Citing his findings, Petkovic said that the Pristina authorities plan to start issuing temporary license plates for cars with Serbian license plates as of tomorrow.

„The only goal of such foolish moves of Albin Kurti is to provoke and cause dangerous destabilization of the situation in Kosovo and directly endanger peace and stability. Everyone must know that Kurti wants to cause incidents at any cost, which will create a complete standstill of life in the north of Kosovo, and which will persist until the unjustified attack and oppression of the Serb people cease,“ Petkovic said.

The head of the Office Kosovo also underscored that the plans to introduce this reciprocity measure were launched today with the installation of additional infrastructure in Jarinje and other administrative crossings.

Jarinje kontejneri
FOTO: KoSSev

In the meantime, the Kosovo Police confirmed for KoSSev that several containers were installed near the Jarinje crossing „with the aim of improving the working conditions of police officers in charge of border security“.

„Given the fact that the police station for border security had only one office in the police station Leposavic, constant measures are being taken to improve the infrastructure in general – to improve the working conditions of police officers in charge of border security, so that they are able to perform their duties and responsibilities more efficiently,“ the KP said in a statement for KoSSev.

The Kosovo Police did not specify whether the containers in question were in any way related to the announced reciprocity measure for Serbian license plates.

Petkovic claimed that this is „the most dangerous provocation and threat to the Serb people“ since Albin Kurti came to power, as well as the most brutal violation of the Brussels agreement which regulates freedom of movement, as well as other agreements reached in Brussels on this matter.

He emphasized that „repressive measures“ will particularly affect Serbs in the north of Kosovo, furthermore alleging that this is one of the main goals of Pristina.

„This brings the life of the Serbian people in the province into question, and that is why Serbs will be able to respond to such provocations by Pristina,“ he said.

Petkovic underlined that he will continue to protect the rights of the Serb people.

In his words, Kosovo Serbs „will not let Kurti violate their rights in this way, nor will they allow for the two most sacred values – the right to freedom of movement and the right to freedom of speech – to be jeopardized.“

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