Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic arrived today in Northern Kosovo on the first visit of a high-ranking leader from Belgrade to the former Serbian region, Serbian media reported.
In the ethnically divided city of Mitrovica, a thousand Serbs greeted Burnabic with posters that read: “We have only one head of government” and “Welcome to the holy Serbian land of Kosovo,” AFP reported.
Asked by Albanian journalists how she felt when she crossed the border, Burnabić replied: “Like in her own land,” which, according to Tanjug, was met with loud applause.
She was also asked to comment on the statement of Prime Minister Albin Kurti, who said that the proof of democracy in Kosovo is that Prime Minister Brnabic entered the country with an identity card issued in Serbia.
“I have to say that I would be extremely pleased to see this democracy and democratic order. I can’t say that I see them when the right of the Serbs in Kosovo to vote, which is a basic human and democratic right, was taken away this year.” she said. “This best shows the state of democracy and the rule of law,” added the Serbian prime minister.
She accused Pristina of not respecting and implementing the Brussels Agreement, of not creating a Union of Serbian Municipalities, even though nine years have passed since it was signed.
The Belgrade delegation was guarded by a large police force, and there were many patrols of the NATO force in Kosovo, KeyFOR, on the roads.
Ana Burnabić is scheduled to visit schools, a Serbian monastery and meet farmers during her one-day visit.
At the end of August, Belgrade and Pristina reached an agreement allowing the free movement of their citizens in the territories of Serbia and Kosovo after difficult negotiations under the auspices of Brussels.