Serb Leader in North Kosovo demands right to join Serbia

A Serb leader in North Kosovo says the 50,000 Serbs living there want to merge with Serbia, and will not live in an independent Kosovo, whatever the EU and NATO say.

The head of the Serbian National Council, Nebojsa Jovic, says that 50,000 Kosovo Serbs living in the area north of the Ibar river want the territory to become part of Serbia and are ready to die for the cause.

Beside one of the 18 barricades erected by Serbs north of the town of Mitrovica, Jovic told Balkan Insight that the Albanian-led government in Pristina, NATO’s peacekeeping mission, KFOR, and the EU rule of law mission EULEX, needed to understand that Serbs will never accept Kosovo’s independence, proclaimed in 2008.

“They cannot force us to be part of the independent Kosovo. This will never happen,” he said.

“There are two options. The first is that we are allowed to live inside Serbia, separated from independent Kosovo. The second is that someone expells us from here, which believe me, is hard to achieve. Deporting 50,000 people looks like a big risk,” Jovic added.

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