Petkovic recalled that Belgrade has been warning the international community countless times for more than a year that the daily violence and terror of Albin Kurti against the Serb population in the north of Kosovo and Metohija could lead to tragedy and immeasurable consequences, which unfortunately did happen on the night between 23 and 24 September.
The Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija underlined that Pristina is persistently trying to blame Belgrade for the recent events in Banjska with fake data and a campaign of lies. He pointed out that Belgrade has always consistently advocated peace and stability in the province and that the Serb side did not need incidents, but that the entire responsibility for the latest developments lies with Pristina.
He stated that greater presence of members of KFOR and EULEX should be ensured in the north of Kosovo and Metohija, which would lead to a greater security of the Serbian people.
In addition, Petkovic underlined that it is necessary to withdraw the “Kosovo police” from the north of Kosovo and Metohija because, as he said, under the Brussels Agreement, they have no business to be in this territory and the citizens see them exclusively as an occupying force, which they actually prove that it is the case every day with the violence and terror they exert.
According to him, the latest events have unambiguously shown that the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija need an urgent formation of the Community of Serb Municipalities, which would ensure the implementation of their collective and individual rights, as envisaged by the Brussels Agreement, and which the Pristina authorities have been refusing to carry out for more than ten years.