Will the Serbian state leadership be banned from entering Kosovo?

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After Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, dismissed Deputy Minister of Justice, Vesna Mikic, and Minister of Administration and Local Government, Ivan Todosijevic, because – as it was interpreted in Pristina – they „insulted the Racak victims“ and referred to the 1999 bombing of the FRY as „NATO aggression,“ Kosovo Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli decided to declare anyone who „denies war crimes in Kosovo a persona non grata in Kosovo.“ In addition, requests for visits by officials who made such statements, which includes a large part of the Serbian state leadership, will not be approved by this ministry.

Kosovo Foreign Minister, Behgjet Pacolli wrote in three different posts on Twitter about „war crimes in Kosovo“, the denial of these crimes by Ivica Dacic and „other fascists in Belgrade“ and international justice that „continues to sweep the whole thing under the carpet.“

„Justice for the victims of the War in Kosovo will never be achieved if international justice continues to sweep the whole thing under the carpet. I’ve decided to declare Persona Non-Grata all those that deny war crimes in Kosovo. Their requests for visits will not be approved anymore on this ground,” Pacolli tweeted.

According to Pacolli, the reason why Dacic and “other fascists in Belgrade” deny war crimes is because “international justice has failed to bring to justice those who committed war crimes and supported that sick ideology in Kosovo.”

“The politics of denial in Serbia has become mainstream, we’ve to counter it,” the Kosovo Foreign Minister emphasized.

Pacolli also wrote that Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic was very loyal to Milosevic, concluding that the denial of the massacre in Racak is “disgusting and utterly unacceptable.“

“He continuously offends the victims, their relatives and denies the crimes committed against humanity, the worst since the Nazi’s in Europe,” he underlined.

The „Racak“ case took place in the 1990s, which the Serbian and Kosovan sides still interpret in two mutually opposed ways. According to the Albanians, this is a massacre of 45 civilians by Serbian forces, on the other hand, for Serbia, it was a ‘staged event’, or the ‘elimination of armed terrorists during combat operations.’

If Pacolli’s decision is implemented and all officials who deny Racak or other war crimes in Kosovo are declared Persona Non-Grata, a large part of the leading Serbian state officials, including the President himself, will not be allowed to enter the territory of Kosovo.

„The entire world“ knows that Racak was „a fabrication of William Walker“ in exchange for money and „nobody is hiding that,” the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic stated after meeting with representatives of Srpska Lista in Belgrade on April 11th of this year. For a certain part of the public, especially in Serbia, Racak is still a controversial topic.

If this decision is implemented, Serbian Minister of Defense, Aleksandar Vulin will not be able to enter Kosovo. Vulin stated that cooperation with NATO is significant, because if we had it earlier „there would be no terrible lies about Racak, which served as an excuse and a motive for NATO aggression against the FRY“, he stated on January 15th at a reception hosted by the Greek Ambassador to Belgrade, Elias Eliadis, and the chief of NATO Military Liaison in Belgrade, Brigadier General Cesare Marinelli.

In addition to the President and Minister of Defense, the Head of the Kosovo Office, Marko Djuric will also be declared a Persona Non-Grata. Djuric stated back in 2017, as the Belgrade-based Informer reported, that „there are many reasons why Serbia should shed a light on what happened in Kosovo and disclose the false reasons for aggression on our country and attempts to seize the territory.“

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