Vučić: Three Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija were killed, it was only important that the murder of the Albanian policeman be blamed on Belgrade

Commenting on the fact that the Serbs went to the Banjska monastery, he said that the reason for that was because they had "two injured young men who needed help".

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Vucic, Photo: Reuters
Vucic, Photo: Reuters
Ažurirano: 24.09.2023. 22:30h

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said tonight that, according to the state's knowledge, three Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija were killed in the village of Banjska, and that two were seriously wounded.

Vučić told reporters in Belgrade that two Serbs were killed by a sniper from a long distance, and that "there is a fear that a fourth person was also killed."

According to him, Serbia has a recording that the Albanian police "didn't want to help" a person whose survival is questionable.

Commenting on the fact that the Serbs went to the Banjska monastery, he said that the reason for that was because they had "two injured young men who needed help".

"The church was not involved in any way," emphasized Vučić.

He rejected the allegations that a Gendarmerie vehicle was used, that the Serbian army or police were involved, that Pavle Bihali, Radomir Počuča, members of the Obraz took part in the conflict, but also that the faithful and clergy in the monastery were held hostage.

"It was only important that the murder of the Albanian policeman be blamed on Belgrade, in order to show that they have every right to mistreat the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija," he said.

Aleksandar Vučić
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Vučić also emphasized that he does not want to justify the killing of the Albanian policeman in any way.

The President of Serbia accused Kosovo Prime Minister Aljbin Kurti of being "the only one to blame for everything that is happening in Kosovo and Metohija".

"His life's desire is to drag us into a war with NATO and he has no other desire. That's the only thing he does all the time," said Vučić.

He stated that a Kosovo policeman near Banjska was killed in a conflict with local Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija, whom he said "rebelled because they do not want to suffer the terror" of Prime Minister Aljbin Kurti.

"Even though I warned every day in Brussels and New York that it could come to this, few wanted to listen. The Serbs, not people from central Serbia but from Kosovo and Metohija, rebelled, not wanting to suffer Kurti's terror." , said Vučić at an extraordinary press conference.

Vučić said that he does not want to justify the killing of the Albanian policeman in any way, because it is reprehensible and nobody needed it, "least of all the Serbian people".

According to Vučić, since November 3, when Kurti from Berlin dismissed the regional police commander for the north who was a Serb, the Kosovo police have been used against Serbs as many as 62 times.

"It was only a matter of time when people who are constantly persecuted by the police will try to do something for themselves and their families," said Vučić.

He said that the conflict occurred when during the night a group of Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija set up two trucks as barricades in Banjska, in the north of Kosovo, and when they clashed with the Kosovo police patrol that came to remove the blockade.

"The conflict only suits Albanians and those who support them"

Vučić assessed that today's conflict in Banjska suited only the Albanians and those who support them in, as he said, "illegal and anti-Serb activities".

Aleksandar Vučić
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"And this is not an epilogue. I'm afraid it will be worse. I didn't accidentally say that we will make decisions in the days ahead," said Vučić at the press conference.

Answering the question of what he thinks about the proposals to have international forces take control of the north of Kosovo, Vučić said that it would certainly be better if there were no Kosovo Police in the north.

"But they didn't want to listen to me and now they are, apparently, the most important factor. And someone deliberately caused that," he said.

Vučić indirectly accused the international community that its forces did not intervene during the conflict because they wanted the Kosovo police to kill the local Serbs who participated in the conflict.

"We will never recognize you as an independent Kosovo. You can kill us all, you can do whatever you want"

Vučić stated that the uniforms used by Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija in the village of Banjska, where there was a conflict with the Kosovo police, were not the uniforms of the Serbian army or the police, and that the weapons they used "can be found anywhere".

Aleksandar Vučić
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"These are not the uniforms of the Serbian Army or the Serbian police. Uniforms are bought everywhere on the market and there is no problem getting them. There are no special tools and weapons here that cannot be found anywhere," Vučić told reporters in Belgrade.

Vučić added that Serbia will make decisions about how and in what way it will protect "its people" in the coming days", stating that the state wants to make these decisions "with a cool head".

He stated that for months he has been pointing out that resistance and rebellion is rising among the people in the north of Kosovo and Metohija and in other regions, who want to organize because Serbia cannot enter Kosovo and Metohija without the permission of KFOR.

According to him, protection in the north of Kosovo and Metohija should have been provided by Kfor, but it was not.

"And when the barricades were set up, KFOR should have removed them, but it didn't. KFOR is in charge of freedom of movement, not the police from Pristina and South Mitrovica, and that's why there was a conflict in which an Albanian policeman was killed," he said. is Vucic

According to him, "hypocrisy is the middle name" of the international community, which "is always looking for a reason to accuse Serbia of anything until it recognizes Kosovo."

Aleksandar Vučić
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"We will never recognize an independent Kosovo. You can kill us all, you can do whatever you want... Serbia will never recognize an independent Kosovo, the monstrous creation you made by bombing Serbia and lies. And are we ready to talk - always. But forget about the recognition of Kosovo, formally and informally," he said.

He called on the international community to finally form the ZSO in Kosovo

Vučić called on the international community to finally enable the formation of the Union of Serbian Municipalities (USO), and the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija to trust their country and to be restrained and peaceful.

Aleksandar Vučić
photo: Reuters

"I call on the international community to form the ZSO, so that in the north of Kosovo the policemen are Serbs, because this is the only way that the Serbs will not be expelled from their hearths and that there will be no more conflicts. We call on our people for peace and restraint and for them to trust their to the state. That's all I can ask them," said Vučić.

He said that the session of the National Security Council lasts all day and that official Belgrade will use patience and responsibility and make its decisions carefully.

"We are preparing them in detail and with those decisions we will come before the citizens and the people of Kosovo and Metohija... Ours is to exhaust everything we can so that there is no more bloodshed. It is ours to try to preserve the peace. But if someone thinks.. "One by one, when we make a decision, we will inform you about it," said Vučić.

Vučić said that he understands the emotions of people and that he knows what they would most like to do "in anger".

"But my plea to everyone is to be smart enough. Let us be the ones who make the decisions, not others," he said.

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