Hundreds of Kosovo Serbs protested on Thursday (2 October) against the deployment of the EU’s police and justice mission EULEX in Kosovo, whose independence they do not accept.
“Serbs are against the deployment of EULEX, because it is a mission of occupiers, whose goal is to take away the land we live on, our homes, steal our youth and the childhoods of our children,” said Marko Jaksic, the vice chairman of the Assembly of Community of Serb Municipalities in Kosovo, Serbian news portal B92.net reports.
Kosovo Serbs – estimated to be around 120,000 – oppose the move, especially in the predominantly Serb-inhabited areas, and say that beefing up the Serbian state institutions in Kosovo would be the most appropriate response to Kosovo independence.
“Strengthening the Serbian institutions in Kosovo is the best answer to the attempt of creating an independent Kosovo,” Mr Jaksic said.
The Thursday protest, which gathered between 1,000 and 2,000 people according to different media reports, took place in three different towns with no violent incidents reported, according to Reuters.
Tadic does not exclude Kosovo partition
Kosovo declared unilateral independence from Serbia in February, but Serbia does not recognise the new situation and still considers Kosovo part of its territory.
So far, 47 states worldwide – including the US and most EU countries – have recognised Kosovo as an independent state.
Belgrade is seeking a legal opinion on the move from the International Court of Justice.