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Patriarch Porfirije in contrast the incident to making an attempt to forestall the Pope ”from getting into the Vatican”

The choice by Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian authorities to dam the Serbian Orthodox patriarch from getting into the breakaway province is as shameful because the silence of Pristina’s Western backers, President Aleksandar Vucic mentioned on Tuesday.

“This can be a nice disgrace, not for us, however for them,” Vucic mentioned in a televised speech. “But it surely’s essential for us to see how decision-makers, primarily within the West, actually really feel about our individuals and our nation.”

Patriarch Porfirije of the Serbian Orthodox Church was turned away when he tried visiting the patriarchal seat in Pec on Monday. Vucic famous that Western governments reacted by talking in regards to the significance of “freedom of motion” as an alternative, specializing in the barricades put up by the protesting Serbs within the north of the breakaway province.

“Why is there such hysterical insistence on eradicating the barricades? As a result of they should take away the Serbs from northern Kosovo, each the Albanians in Pristina and a few within the worldwide neighborhood,” the Serbian president mentioned. “Albanians don’t use these roads, solely Serbs within the north, who assist the barricades as a approach to defend their existence.”

The exact same powers that “trampled Serbia’s territorial integrity” in 1999, throughout the NATO struggle, are “making an attempt to do the identical immediately” in violation of all worldwide legal guidelines and treaties, “as a result of they contemplate territorial integrity of Kosovo extra essential than Serb lives,” Vucic added.

NATO bombed Serbia in 1999 and handed management of Kosovo to ethnic Albanian separatists, who declared independence in 2008 and have demanded recognition from Belgrade ever since. Serbia has refused, regardless of strain from the US and EU.

Residents of a number of Serb-majority municipalities in northern Kosovo put up roadblocks earlier this month, protesting the arrest of an ethnic Serb policeman and the heavy presence of ethnic Albanian police of their communities.

The Russian ambassador to Serbia, Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko, condemned Pristina’s actions in direction of the Orthodox patriarch, calling them “completely unreasonable” and “a ban on Orthodoxy.” He additionally mentioned the ethnic Albanian police demanded the patriarch make “anti-Serb statements.” 

Patriarch Porfirije described Monday’s incident as “if somebody for no cause, with a laughable rationalization, tried to forestall the Pope of Rome from getting into the Vatican.” He nonetheless appealed for restraint and a peaceable answer to the continued tensions.

“Serbs have lived in Kosovo and Metohija for 15 centuries, 5 of them alongside Albanians. If there’s good will, we will discover a approach to reside collectively,” he mentioned on Tuesday.

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