Police officers on the streets of Kosovska Mitrovica.
A photo: GLOBAL LOOK PRESS
The world, which has been following developments in Serbia with tension, breathed a sigh of relief: the authorities of the self-proclaimed Kosovo decided to postpone the ban on Serbian documents until early September.
It was previously announced that from August 1, the government of the partially recognized republic will launch the process of banning documents issued in Serbia, which continues to consider the territory of Kosovo its own. In addition, it was planned to force car owners to change Serbian numbers on vehicles to signs of the republic with the corresponding symbols.
According to official representatives of Serbia, the innovations of the Kosovo authorities are aimed at completely expelling ethnic Serbs from the territory of Kosovo and Metohija.
In response, the Serbs living in the region began to prepare to defend their rights and open confrontation with the Kosovo authorities: barricades appeared on the roads, shots were fired. Kosovo and Serbia began to draw forces to the border.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic appealed to the international community to influence the government of the unrecognized republic.
In the end, the Kosovo authorities decided to postpone the issue of documents and re-registration of cars for a month.
– The Government of Kosovo undertakes from Monday, August 1, 2022, to postpone the implementation of the two decisions of June 29, 2022 until September 1, 2022, when all barricades have been removed and full freedom has been established [передвижения] in northern Kosovo, the Kosovo authorities said.
In turn, the President of Serbia addressed with the words thanks to those who somehow helped resolve conflict and did not allow him to go into the phase of open military confrontation.
I want to thank those who supported Serbia, those who were right and held the right views. I especially want to thank the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, who reacted very correctly. No matter how hard it is, we will not give up, Serbia will win,” Vučić said.
The self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo emerged on the territory of Serbia in 2008 after the Albanian structures in the region declared their independence. Some countries, such as the US, Britain and most EU members, have recognized Kosovo’s right to sovereignty; other states, including Russia and Belarus, continue to consider the disputed territory as part of Serbia.
In 2013, Serbia and Kosovo signed an agreement on the normalization of relations, however, with the coming to power in the unrecognized republic in 2020 of Albina Kurti, whose entire policy is aimed at confronting Serbia, all negotiation processes were curtailed, and the agreements lost their force.
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