He pointed out the referendum deepens the division between Serbs living north and south of the Ibar River, which is bad for the survival of Serbs in Kosovo and is an attempt by a group of people to remain in Kosovo’s political scene outside of democratic principles and the election process, all of which is motivated by party interests. Mihajlovic said one of the motives of the people who are trying to hold the referendum is fulfilling the task set by their parties from Belgrade to pose obstacles on Serbia’s EU path at all costs.
Asked about the possibility of a ban on the referendum, Mihajlovic said such measures are not characteristic of the Serbian government but that the north Kosovo Serbs will have a clear message at the referendum. The key is for the people in the north to realize they have many more serious and pressing issues to take care of.
|Self-Determination activists protesting during Serbian
President Boris Tadic visit in Kosovo.
Asked to comment on the statement of the deputy prime minster of the Kosovo Albanian government in Pristina, who criticized President Boris Tadic for making “political statements” during his visit to the Serbian Orthodox monastery of Decani, Mihajlovic said it served as “an excuse for the incidents which occurred in Decani, when members of the ethnic Albanianradical movement Self-Determination caused incidents:
“It is another stone thrown at the convoy transporting the Serbianpresident and the group of Serbs who went to Monastery of Decani to celebrate a great Serbian and Orthodox Christian holiday – Christmas.”
Looking for excuses for extremism in Kosovo does not contribute to the calming of the situation, he noted.
“I think that with this statement, almost all of the (Kosovo) government sided with the extreme part, and is trying to get closer to Self-Determination and justify the group’s actions,” stated Mihajlovic.
He further appraised that the movement represented “decoration for Hashim Thaci to be presented as a democrat and to send a message to the international community that there are more extreme Albanians”.
Thaci’s deputy Hajredin Kuci was quoted as saying on Sunday that “the government of Kosovo will not allow Boris Tadic to enter Kosovo in the future”, as the Serbian president “failed to honor an agreement to refrain from making political statements and appraisals”.
Kosovo Albania officials in Pristina said ahead of Tadic’s trip to the province that it was “religious in nature”. During his stay at Decani, where he spent Christmas last weekend, Tadic noted that Kosovo is Serb land, that he will never recognize it as independent, and that the authorities had no intention of dismantling Serbian institutions in the Serb-majority north.