All Serbian defence and interior ministers ex officio have been banned from entering Kosovo since 2016 – the former Kosovo Minister of Foreign Affairs, Petrit Selimi tweeted today. He further claimed that he personally signed the ban in his capacity as the foreign minister. Selimi’s reaction arrived after the Belgrade media reported this morning that the Serbian Minister of Defence, Aleksandar Vulin and a military health delegation are banned from entering Kosovo.
In the meantime, similar information is arriving from the current administration of the Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The head of the Cabinet of the Kosovo Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jetlir Zyberaj, told Radio Free Europe that Vulin „has no business in Kosovo until Serbia recognizes Kosovo as an independent and sovereign state.“
„This request is a provocation because the Serbian government is aware that the Minister of Defence is banned from visiting Kosovo,“ he added, the Beta news agency reported.
Minister of Defense, Aleksandar Vulin, the head of the Military Health Administration, Brigadier General Ugljesa Jovicic, the head of the MMA, Colonel Miroslav Vukosavljevic and the head of the Treatment Sector, Nenad Ratkovic, planned to visit the Clinical Hospital Centre in North Mitrovica – the Serbian Cabinet of the Minister of Defence wrote in a statement.
The cabinet’s statement further reads that they received a response from Pristina that „they are not able to respond affirmatively to the request.“ They added that this “once again showed that Ramush Haradinaj is lying.“
Former Kosovo Minister of Foreign Affairs, Petrit Selimi reacted to this news.
„Serbian defence minister Vulin, known for using derogatory, racist language when addressing Albanians, is complaining he’s not allowed to enter Kosovo. ALL Serbian defence and interior ministers ex officio are banned from entering Kosovo. I know this because I signed the ban,“ Selimi tweeted.
Serbian defence minister Vulin, known for using derogatory, racist language when addressing Albanians, is complaining he’s not allowed to enter Kosovo. ALL Serbian defence and interior ministers ex officio are banned from entering Kosovo. I know this because I signed the ban. pic.twitter.com/PJYS7vzK3Q
— Petrit Selimi (@Petrit) 10. јул 2019.
Adviser to Kosovo Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli, Jetlir Zyberaj wrote on Facebook at the beginning of the month that the Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to ban entry to Kosovo to all Serbian officials because of “threats and attacks in the north,” as well as other problems, Pristina-based Koha reported.
Serbian Prime Minister, Ana Brnabic said in Poznan that Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj told her that the news of the ban on entry of Serbian officials to Kosovo was fake.
In the meantime, spokeswoman of the Kosovo government, Donjeta Gashi has denied there was a ban on Serbian officials entering the country – RFE reported.
As reported by Pristina-based portal Zeri in 2016, Selimi signed this decision „during the pre-election campaign,“ and the ban was imposed on these ministries „due to the cover-up of war crimes.“
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