A quiet night time within the north of Kosovo and Metohija, a gathering in Kosovska Mitrovica at midday
All the eyes of the Serbs from the north of Kosovo and Metohija are directed towards Breograd and towards the international representatives. A Serb protest has been announced for today at noon in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica. More than usual, Serbian flags and billboards “This is Serbia” were displayed, which, as the Serbs from northern Kosovo say, show where they belong, RTS correspondent reports.
As announced by the Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija who left the Kosovo institutions yesterday, the boycott will last until Pristina cancels the re-registration of vehicles and forms the Union of Serbian Municipalities and fulfills other agreements from the Brussels Agreement.
Serbs in Štrpce also complained about Pristina’s bad policy. The president of that municipality, Dalibor Jevtić, said that it would not make sense for them to remain in the institutions, if Pristina continues its policy of discrimination.
Kosovo President Vljosa Osmani called on the Serbs not to leave the institutions, accused Belgrade of being behind the moves of the Serbs and stressed the assurance that the smooth operation of the institutions and public safety will be ensured in cooperation with international partners.
The government in Pristina also faces criticism from the opposition.
Police stations were left without the majority of policemen, judicial bodies without judges and prosecutors, local governments without administration. In the northern part of the Republic of Kosovo, there are about 300 policemen, of which 80 percent are Serbs, who took off their uniforms to demonstrate that they were leaving the institution. It is unknown whether Albanian policemen will remain in them, of whom there are about 20 percent in the north of Kosovo.
The police directorate in Pristina announced that they would hire units from other parts of Kosovo in the north if necessary, denying that they had sent members of special units.
Kfor announced that it is monitoring the situation and is in constant contact with Belgrade and Pristina and international representatives in order to prevent the escalation of the situation.
The night in KiM passed peacefully.
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