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The National Museum of Kosovo has addressed a letter to the National Museum in Belgrade, the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade and the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts with a request to return our artifacts that continue to be unjustly kept in Serbia, reports Zeri.info.
Also, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo attached another letter to this request on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo, giving full support to the National Museum of Kosovo.
This request was also published on the Twitter profile of “UNESCO Kosova”, citing a part of the statement of the letter of Ministers Hajrulla Çeku and Donika Gërvalla.
This post of “UNESCO Kosovo” was shared by the Serbian Delegation to UNESCO on its official Twitter profile, with a humiliating statement.
“Who are these people?” The so-called ‘Kosovo’ is neither a State nor a member of UNESCO and its conventions. “It is clear that they are falsely presenting themselves,” reads the post of the Serbian Delegation to UNESCO.
Even the so-called office for Kosovo in the Serbian government, reacted to this request, which mockingly says that it does not recognize the category of “Kosovo cultural heritage”, just as it does not recognize “Kosovo citizenship”.
“According to the Constitution of Serbia and international law, Kosovo and Metohija is part of the territory of Serbia, and all artifacts coming from the territory of our autonomous province of Kosovo and Metohija are part of the cultural and historical heritage of Serbia”, says this office through a press release.
This so-called office further said that “the fear that the artifacts would be endangered culturally and archaeologically if they returned to Kosovo is rightly justified” while adding that “this year there were 11 attacks on buildings and properties of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo”.
Furthermore, the so-called office for Kosovo has assessed that not all the arguments with which the National Museum of Kosovo is looking for “Serbian cultural and historical artifacts” are valid.
“The first argument is a call for the consensual transfer of signed objects between the two cultural institutions of Serbia, and today these objects are required by a cultural institution which, both from the point of view of the Constitution of Serbia and international law, is an existing non-entity. “, It is emphasized in the statement.
He adds that the call of the National Museum of Kosovo to the UNESCO convention and the Ahtisaari plan does not stand because “Kosovo is not a member of UNESCO and that the Ahtisaari plan was never approved.”
The director of the National Museum of Kosovo, Ajet Leci, in yesterday’s letter, gave details about the artifacts unjustly taken from Serbia in the ’90s for, as he said, “temporary exposure in Serbia with the obligation to return them” ”.
“On behalf of the National Museum of Kosovo, I want to remind you of the unfulfilled obligation to return artifacts from the archaeological and ethnographic collection of Kosovo. Although taken from Kosovo in the late 1990s for the purpose of temporary exhibition in Serbia and forced to return, our artifacts continue to be unjustly kept in your respective museums.
“The total number of artifacts from the archaeological and ethnographic collection of Kosovo that are unjustly kept in Serbia is 1247. They must be returned to their country of origin as soon as possible,” Lec’s letter to Serbian institutions said.
To fulfill this obligation, he proposed the establishment of a working group composed of representatives (from an official) of four museums: the National Museum of Kosovo, the Ethnographic Museum of Kosovo, the National Museum in Belgrade and the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade, as well as professionals international museology.
“The task of this working group would be to draft a plan and oversee the process of returning all artifacts in Kosovo,” said Leci in his letter to Serbia. / Voice