The visit of Serbian President agreed under pressure from the US and the EU, said in Kosovo

© AP Photo / Darko VojinovicПрезидент of Serbia Alexander Vucic. Archival photoThe visit of Serbian President agreed under pressure from the US and the EU, said in Kosovo© AP Photo / Darko Vojinovic

Foreign Minister of the breakaway Republic of Kosovo, Behgjet Pacolli told reporters in Pristina that the Kosovo Albanian authorities were forced under pressure from the US and the EU to allow Serbia’s President to visit all previously banned objects on the North edge.

The President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic 8-9 September visit Kosovo and Metohija. On Friday evening on national television, he said that the authorities in Pristina first «in written form was forbidden to go to the» accumulation lake of HPP «Gazivode» in the North of Kosovo, where he has «visited two or three times» and then, verbally, a few places in the region. According to the Serbian leader, with the Albanian side in the case of travel there, threatened to «arrest, harassment and insults», however, he has not changed the route.

«The visit is approved. The decision was made half an hour ago… After EU pressure, and allies (Kosovo euphemism for the United States – ed.) didn’t have a choice», — quotes the statement in the night of Saturday the foreign Minister of Radio and television of Kosovo.

«We have re-considered the application and the plan has been approved according to the initial request and the rules of visits of high-ranking guests on the Brussels agreement», — said the foreign Minister of the breakaway Republic.

The press service of the Serbian President on the night of Saturday published the program of the first day of the trip Vucic in Kosovo. It starts with a previously banned Albanians to visit the «Center of environment and development of sport» and the red cross centre in the municipality of Zubin Potok, as well as the inspection of hydroelectric dams «Gazivode». Then, as expected, he will visit the farm of a local Serbian family in the village of Ibarska-Pastene, agricultural College in the village of Leshak and there will take part in the closing of the business forum. To complete the presidential program in Kosovo on Saturday will be later in the evening a meeting with the political representatives of the local Serbs in the town of Zvecan.

The Chairman of the Parliament of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo Kadri Veseli said on Thursday that the resolution of the Kosovo Albanian authorities to travel to the region, Vucic may be withdrawn, if Pristina considers it a «threat to stability». The statement Veseli responded to the interior Minister and foreign Minister of Serbia Nebojsa Stefanovic and Ivica Dacic, who demanded that the Kosovo Albanian authorities not to make provocations during the visit and warned Pristina, «not to play with fire.» Stefanovic promised to provide security for Vucic on the trip, but did not disclose the efforts of Serbian authorities to intervene. Before he confirmed the order of the President on the termination of communication power structures of Serbia with the police of the breakaway Republic of Kosovo and the troops under the aegis of NATO in relation to the trip.

Kosovo Albanian structures in Pristina in February 2008 unilaterally declared independence from Serbia. The Serbian authorities under pressure from Brussels and the region of convergence with the European Union, as well as for the sake of ease of life in the region, Serbian citizens in 2011 were forced to start negotiations on the normalization of relations with Kosovo Albanians with the mediation of the EU. The largest agreements are the Brussels agreement on principles governing the normalization of relations of Belgrade and Pristina signed in April 2013, and the agreement on the Community of Serb communities, signed by the parties in August 2015. This latest Brussels time to execute these agreements on August 4, was not observed Pristina, which led to increased tension in Kosovo.

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