EU expresses regret over cancellation of Vučić’s visit to village in Kosovo

BRUSSELS/BELGRADE – Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Maja Kocijančič, as well as head of EU Delegation to Serbia Sem Fabrizi, expressed their regret over President Aleksandar Vučić’s inability to visit Kosovo’s village of Banje in one of the four Serbian-majority municipalities.

The visit of Serbian President was planned for today, but it was cancelled when local residents and Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) veterans barricaded the road to the village. According to Gazeta Express, protesters requested an apology for crimes committed by Serbia during the 1998/1999 war.

“EU regrets the decision to cancel President Vučić’s visit to Banje. We urge those responsible to maintain the order and secure the safe passage during the day. Full commitment to peace and security of Kosovo’s and Serbia’s people, wisdom and peace are the things we need now”, stated EU’s Spokeswoman Maja Kocijančič, Tanjug reports.

Kocijančič noted in her statement that Vučić’s visit took place in a peaceful atmosphere and with full support of the authorities, but that ordinary citizens barricaded the road to Banje.

Similar message was sent by Sem Fabrizi. He emphasised that the visit was passing in a peaceful atmosphere. He called for maintenance of peace and security, wisdom and tranquility.