BELGRADE — The Kosovo Albanian authorities in Priština are planning to deploy their customs officers at administrative checkpoints, says Borislav Stefanović.
“Serbia has received information that Priština is planning to send their customs officers in the next few days at the administrative checkpoints in northern Kosovo and Metohija,” the leader of the Belgrade team in the Kosovo dialogue told Belgrade’s Press tabloid.
He “warned Kosovo authorities” that this was “unacceptable for Serbia”, adding that such Priština’s move could cause dangerous consequences.
When asked what Belgrade’s response would be if Priština deployed its customs officers, Stefanović said that the Serbian government “will continue to support any peaceful activities of Serbs from northern Kosovo who are defending their national interests”.
“That is why the citizens of northern Kosovo should focus on real problems ahead, rather than stir up intolerance and mutual conflicts. It is important that peace and unity of Serbs be preserved,” he stressed.
Commenting on calls for him to resign that on Monday came from three mayors in northern Kosovo, Stefanović said he would “immediately step down if his departure would solve the problem”, and went to state that he “will not report to some business circles”, but rather to Boris Tadić, the government and parliament.
Stefanović dismissed the statements from Kosovo Albanian officials and some opposition parties in Belgrade that by signing the agreement on customs stamps Serbia has recognized Kosovo as independent.
“It is quite the opposite. Customs stamps have no elements of statehood, and the accompanying documentation is status neutral. The agreement is the best possible solution for Serbia and Kosovo Serbs, and Kosovo’s independence is out of question,” he concluded.