Belgrade warns: Removal of border between Kosovo and Albania leads to annexation

Belgrade warns: Removal of border between Kosovo and Albania leads to annexation

Belgrade warns: Removal of border between Kosovo and Albania leads to annexation Izvor: N1

The removal of the border between Kosovo and Albania announced last year and reiterated on the first day of 2019, would lead to Tirana’s annexation of “the part of our territory,” the head of Serbia's Parliamentary Committee for Kosovo, Milovan Drecun, said.

Belgrade considers Kosovo its autonomous province and objects the independence which Kosovo had declared in 2008.

The decision to remove the border, according to Drecun, would force the international community to face a fait accompli and enable the creation of “Greater Albania,” or “natural Albania” as it is also referred to.

He told the Russian-sponsored Sputnik media outlet that the Albanians from both side of the borders “work on (forming the 'Greater Albania') step by step and that no one (from the international community) is reacting.”

“We will come to a day when they will say – what are we talking about? The 'Greater Albania' exists,” Drecun said.

Asked if Belgrade negotiates with Tirana instead with Pristina in a search for a solution to the Kosovo issue, Drecun has said that whenever there are some negotiations with Kosovo Albanians and those in southern Serbia, the communication is actually with Tirana.

“They (the Kosovo and Albanians in southern Serbia) don’t do anything without knowledge of the state of Albania,” Drecun told Sputnik.

He added the aim was "to join the territories despite the international law and the UN Security Council Resolution 1244” (passed at the end of Kosovo war in 1999 to establish the international civilian and military presence there without defining Kosovo’s final status).

Pristina insists on the change of the Resolution, while Belgrade is firmly against it.

Drecun said that “those who can stop it do not want to do that.”

“Those are the most influential states. The UN should end such behaviour especially because the Resolution 1244 does not envisage any border change,” he added.

Drecun also said Serbia would do all in its power at the diplomatic level to make it clear to the international community what the Albanians were up to, adding the resumption of Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on normalisation of relations was the best way for that.

However, the European Union-facilitated Belgrade - Pristina talks have been on hold for months, and the new developments are not in sight.

Both Belgrade and Pristina want the dominant world powers to include into the dialogue.

Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic has said his country has done everything possible, adding his hands are tied, while his Kosovo counterpart Hashim Thaci has written on his Facebook profile on Tuesday that in 2019 the problem will be solved and the border between Kosovo and Albania will be removed.

Both Kosovo and Albania's authorities said last year that as of 2019 there would be no border between the ex-Serbia's province and Albania.

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