Kosovo President, Hashim Thaci submitted a resolution on the „Presevo Valley“ to the Kosovo Assembly yesterday. The document requests that Kosovo MPs and institutions support the Albanians’ desire to join Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja to Kosovo, which was set forth in a 1992 referendum and fought for by the Liberation Army of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja.
The draft resolution states that the demands of Albanians from Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja to be joined to Kosovo and their suffering under Serbian rule were taken into account. According to Thaci, the implementation of the demands of the inhabitants of the „Presevo Valley“ would lead to long-term stability between Kosovo and Serbia.
Thaci believes that the demands of the Albanians from Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja are legitimate and in accordance with international law.
The five-point resolution, in addition to the above-mentioned, envisages several concrete steps to support the „legitimate demands of the Albanians from the Presevo Valley“:
• Presevo Valley Albanians’ demands will be part of the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia and a representative from the Presevo Valley shall be part of the dialogue delegation;
• The issue of the Albanians of the Presevo Valley should be raised in every international forum, where representatives of Kosovo institutions participate;
• Institutions of the Republic of Kosovo shall co-operate and co-ordinate with the institutions of the Republic of Albania on drafting of the joint platform for the Albanians in the Presevo Valley.
This resolution was not adopted due to lack of quorum.
Djuric: Irresponsibility is another name for Thaci’s politics
The Head of the Kosovo Office, Marko Djuric reacted to Thaci’s initiative by accusing him of „stirring up false dreams about some kind of merger of the Vranjska Valley municipalities with the self-proclaimed Kosovo.“
Djuric described Thaci’s latest initiative as „an attempt to avoid the downfall of his political career.“
„As a citizen of Serbia, Thaci should know that the majority of the people of Serbia – of all ethnicities – have expressed their desire that the province in which he was born remains an integral part of Serbia centuries ago and that separatism and ideas about Greater Albania are a thing of the past,“ Djuric concluded.
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