Serbian Bishop called on Belgrade and Pristina to consider the partition of Kosovo

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Bishop Russko-Prizren (covering the territory of Kosovo and Metohija) Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC) Theodosia urged in an open letter to the leadership in Belgrade and Pristina do not consider this as a possible solution to the problems of the region territorial partition of Kosovo, which, in his opinion, will lead to the outcome of the last Serbs from the region.

The theme of exchange between Belgrade and Pristina are compactly inhabited by the Kosovo Serb municipalities of Leposavic, Zubin Potok, Zvecan and Northern Kosovska Mitrovica North of the Ibar river populated by Albanian municipalities of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja in the extreme South of Serbia periodically POPs up in society and the media. The last way suggested to the parties in July, Deputy Chairman of the opposition parliamentary party of the self-proclaimed Republic of Democratic Union of Kosovo — Lufti, Haziri. On that the Kosovo Prime Minister and former field commander of the Albanian troops Ramush Haradinaj said that «partition would mean war.»

«We are deeply concerned at the increasing politically and morally irresponsible statements of politicians on both sides of the «final solution» in the context of territories and of «separation of Serbs and Albanians». Such statements among our believers in the region and worldwide concern and excitement. Do they mean that the majority of Kosovo metohijska Serbs who live South of the Ibar river will have to leave their homes and leave their most important shrines – the Patriarchy in the Oven, Decani, Gracanica, Prizren?» — appealed in an open letter posted on the diocesan website, Bishop Theodosy.

According to him, this method of solution of the Kosovo question would have caused a chain reaction of separatism in the Balkans and throughout Europe, and would lead to «new bloodshed, suffering and expulsion of the civilian population.»

«Therefore, as a Bishop, and, above all, as a Christian and a man who most of his life spent with the clergy and monasticism in Kosovo and Metohija, calling on politicians in Belgrade and Pristina and the international mediators in the dialogue and other officials to the decision of all questions in Kosovo they were looking solely at maintaining peace and security for all citizens, especially ethnic and religious minorities, and the preservation of their spiritual and cultural heritage, historical identity, individual liberty, and religion,» said Bishop Russko-Prizren.

According to SPC, Albanian extremists since June 1999 destroyed about 150 Orthodox shrines in Kosovo.

In 1999, armed confrontation between the Albanian separatists of the Kosovo Liberation army and the army and police of Serbia led to the bombing of Yugoslavia (then consisting of Serbia and Montenegro) NATO forces. In March 2004, Kosovo Albanians staged riots, which led to mass resettlement of Serbs from the province and the destruction of numerous monuments of their history and culture.

The remaining approximately 120 thousand Serbs live in compact settlements on the North of the province and in several enclaves in the South. In 2008, the Albanian administrative structure in Pristina unilaterally proclaimed the independence of the «Republic of Kosovo» from the authorities in Belgrade. The leadership of the Republic, which is not recognized by Russia, Serbia, Greece, Iran, Israel, Spain and a number of other countries, seeks to join international organizations and the European Union.