TIRANA, September 26 – Prime Minister Edi Rama declared on Tuesday that the mourning officially announced in Belgrade for the members of the armed group who were annihilated by the Kosovo security forces is the worst signal that Belgrade could give to the region and the Euro-Atlantic community.
A Kosovo Police officer was killed, and several others were wounded on Sunday in clashes with a Serb armed gang in the northern part of the country. Three terrorists of the heavily armed 30-men gang wearing military-style clothes and using armed vehicles were killed by police. Several were arrested by Kosovo authorities.
According to Rama, the declaration of national mourning by Serbia is not only unjustifiable and unacceptable, but condemnable with all the force of words and instruments available by the Euro-Atlantic community.
“This is the moment when Serbia must make up its mind clearly and decisively whether it will be with Europe and the democratic world of the 21st century or with the shadow of itself at the end of the 20th century; with the values and principles of the European Union and the Euro-Atlantic community or with the ghosts and crimes of its inglorious past of the 90s,” said Rama. He added that this is the moment when the European Union and the United States must clearly make up their minds whether they will raise the democratic alarm to the highest level to stop the escalation of the conflict in the North of Kosovo, which has entered its most dangerous phase since 1999, or whether they will continue to hold the Dialogue for Normalization and the commitment of KFOR at the same level that is completely insufficient now.
PM Rama said that Kosovo must also reflect very seriously and make up its mind clearly, if it will continue the course of action separated from its irreplaceable friends and its indisputable allies or if it will act in harmony and understanding with the Euro-Atlantic community. /argumentum.al