Two months since the attack in Basnjka, Kurti: The imposition of sanctions against Serbia is necessary

The Prime Minister Albin Kurti, has stated that the time of two months since the terrorist attack in Banjska of Zveçan took place, is more than enough for a detailed investigation and the imposition of sanctions against Serbia, in which case he called on international factors to raise this issue.

Asked by KosovaPress about this issue, Kurti said that “we cannot tolerate any repetition similar to that of September 24, therefore we must act now and not tomorrow”.

“We consider it necessary that two months after the terrorist and criminal attack in Banjska of Zveçan, where the police sergeant, the hero of Kosovo, Afrim Bunjaku, was killed, is more than enough time to have a detailed investigation and conclusions on this act of Serbia’s aggression against our country that violated state sovereignty, territorial integrity, and our national security. From our point of view, sovereignty, security, and the rule of law are issues that present values and interests, and we do not compromise with them. In a situation like that of Zveçan, they are three things that represent the same thing, by protecting the law, we also protect sovereignty and guarantee security… In order for this not to happen, the conclusion of the EU, KFOR, EULEX, USA investigations is necessary on the one hand, but on the other hand also the sanctions and measures against Serbia are necessary. We cannot tolerate, endure any repetition similar to that of September 24, as a terrorist and criminal attack, therefore action must be taken today and not tomorrow. For this reason, I call on the international factors to raise the issue, 2 months have passed”, said Kurti.

Asked about the statement of the president, Vjosa Osmani, that in the draft statute of the Association proposed by the EU, has identified some issues that create ambiguity, Kurti said that the emissaries can make the draft public, since, as he said, it was agreed not to be accessible to the public.

He added that Serbia continues to violate the articles of the basic agreement, for which he said, it is not interested in normalization.

The head of the executive criticized Serbia, where he said that it proved that it aims to make the Association against Kosovo, and not for the Serbs living in Kosovo.

“In the middle of December, it will be eight years since Serbia has not made any progress regarding chapter 35, there it proves the desire for normalization. On October 26, by refusing to sign, it proved that it does not have the Association for the Serbs at all, but against Kosovo, because if it was interested in the benefit of Serbs, Serbia would vote for Kosovo’s progress towards membership in the Council of Europe”, he said.

“Of course, it is a negative development, since the families and loved ones of those who are being held for more than three years in The Hague prison suffer. I found this out from MP Shqipe Selimi, who is the wife of the KLA general, Rexhep Selimi, and at the same time we discussed this negative development with the Speaker of the Assembly, Glauk Konjufca. We have limited opportunities to have any impact, but of course we are trying to figure out how we can help”, said Kurti.

Kurti made these comments after the conference on public-private dialogue, which was held with the support of the Swiss Government and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.