TIRANA, October 2 – Prime Minister Edi Rama has called on internationals from Croatia to take punitive measures against Serbia for the barbaric act in the north of Kosovo.
At the end of the joint conference he held with his Croatian counterpart on Monday, Rama said that it is up to the EU and NATO to condemn the act and avoid the repetition of the event.
“The Berlin summit will also have a discussion topic on the Balkans, starting with the difficult situation in the north of Kosovo. But it is up to the EU and NATO to condemn the act in order to stop and avoid the repetition or far from being worse than that. We need a unified attitude regarding what happened, not only in words but also with facts,” Rama said.
According to him, this is about symmetrical measures, the minimum that should be done, not only on Kosovo but also on Serbia.
“Measures should also be taken against Serbia. There are programs and relationships to say stop and in no way can it be accepted that in the middle of Europe and a region, a criminal group armed up to the teeth with illegal uniforms takes the life of a policeman and enjoys the highest honor, national mourning in Belgrade,” said Rama.
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said at the joint press conference with visiting Prime Minister Edi Rama in Zagreb on Monday that the attack in the north of Kosovo will not go unanswered. Plenkovic said Belgrade’s decision to hold a day of mourning almost implies identification with what happened in northern Kosovo.
According to him, an investigation will be conducted in order to fully determine what happened, after which the EU special envoy for dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade will propose measures.
Plenković said that these moves cannot go unanswered. According to him, the European Commission can also adopt measures autonomously, without the consent of all member states, as it did against Kosovo a few months ago. Due to non-compliance with the EU’s demands against Pristina, the EC took measures to suspend work in working bodies as part of the Stabilization and Association Agreement, and withdrew invitations to high-level meetings and suspended Kosovo from its 7.5 billion euro program, said Plenković.
The Croatian Prime Minister concluded by saying that he is sure that measures will be taken against Belgrade.