The head of Serbia called on spiritual leaders to protect churches in Kosovo from vandals

© AFP 2018 / Oliver Vipstart of Serbia Alexander Vucic. Archival photoThe head of Serbia called on spiritual leaders to protect churches in Kosovo from vandals© AFP 2018 / Oliver Bunic

The President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic at a religious summit in Kazakhstan approached the spiritual leaders from around the world to help protect Orthodox churches and monasteries in Kosovo from attacks of vandals.

«We appeal to all of you, religious leaders, asking them to help us in the protection of Orthodox churches and monasteries in Kosovo, which are always threatened by those who do not believe in civilization, civilizational and cultural heritage,» said Vucic, speaking at the VI Congress of leaders of world and traditional religions in Astana.

The Serbian leader also noted that today religious ideas and values «shamelessly used» by certain forces in their interests «for political and geopolitical purposes, or, on the contrary, are completely ignored».

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.

Kosovo Albanian structures in Pristina in February 2008 unilaterally declared independence from Serbia. The self-proclaimed Republic does not recognize Serbia, Russia, China, Israel, Iran, Spain, Greece and several other States.