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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said: “We will do everything in our power to maintain peace before we issue any orders to increase preparation for war.” He said.

Vucic made a statement to Radio Television of Serbia after his meeting with the Serbian National Security Council in Belgrade.

Noting that the situation in northern Kosovo is “very difficult,” Vucic said, “There is a nation struggling to survive on the ground. The goal is to solve the ‘Serbian problem’ in northern Kosovo, with the participation of Pristina and parts of the international community in it. The Kosovo police have no right to be present.” in the north “. He said.

“It is important to invite Albanians and Serbs to keep the peace,” Vucic said. I urge the Serbs to remain calm and not be provoked. (EU Rule of Law Mission) EULEX and (NATO Peacekeeping Force in Kosovo) should not launch attacks on KFOR,” he said.

Our duty is to call for peace.

Noting that today was “the hardest day” for him since becoming president, Vucic said, “Maybe the hardest night is coming, our duty is to call for peace.” Use the phrase.

Vucic continued:

“It is a difficult night for the Serbs in Kosovo, it is my duty to be with them. We received assurances from KFOR and Europe that they will not use violence against the demonstrators, and we will continue to negotiate with them. We have taken the necessary measures to protect our homeland. I gave the most important orders and the National Security Council accepted them. I am proud of our police and soldiers We will do everything we can to keep the peace before issuing any orders to increase preparation for war.”

Referring to the checkpoints set up in northern Kosovo, Vucic said: “There are no restrictions on the movement of Albanians. None of the Albanians pass through those roads. This is an expression of their protest against arrests, violence, mistreatment and non-compliance with the Brussels Agreement.” He rated it.

Tensions escalate between Kosovo and Serbia

The two countries faced each other again ahead of early general elections scheduled for December 18 in 4 municipalities in northern Kosovo, where the Serb population is packed.

Kosovo’s increased presence of security forces in Serb-populated areas in the north of the country in order to ensure security in the region before the elections caused mutual tension between the two countries.

After the events in the north, the President of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani, announced the postponement of early local elections to April 2023, but this decision did not ease the tension in the region.

Kosovo police claimed that he was attacked during the night patrol of the EU mission, while Kosovo Serbs set up barricades in the north of the country, following the arrest of former Serbian member Dejan Pantec.

Petar Petković, director of the Serbian government’s office for Kosovo, claimed that the Kosovo Special Police Unit of Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti (ROSU) entered Gazivod and tore down Serbian flags.

While the European Union, NATO and the United States of America called for a de-escalation in northern Kosovo, Kosovo and Serbia continued to make serious statements.

Serbia considers Kosovo, which unilaterally declared its independence in 2008, to be its territory.

Serbia and Kosovo, which clash periodically, are trying to find a common way to normalize relations, and eventually the two countries get to know each other, within the scope of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue process initiated in 2011 with the mediation of the European Union.

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