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DW: The stability of Kosovo and peace in the region are at risk
Written by SOT.COM.AL 25 Shtator 2023
Official Tirana reacts to the murder of the Kosovo police officer. This is the biggest alarm bell for the ongoing risk of the prolonged crisis escalating into an armed conflict, said Edi Rama.
The highest authorities of Albania strongly condemn the killing on Sunday (24.09) of a Kosovo police officer and the wounding of two others, which occurred during a gun attack near the monastery in the village of Banjska, in the north of Kosovo, where a Serbian majority.
The international community to react quickly
The President of Albania, Bajram Begaj, called the attack "an organized criminal act, a serious violation of order, security, stability of the Republic of Kosovo and peace in the Western Balkans region." Through a post on social media, President Begaj called on the international community "to react decisively to the orderers and implementers of this act." "In these moments calmness, prudence and close cooperation with KFOR and allies are needed more than ever. Albania is always in support of Kosovo," he stressed.
Alarm bells for armed conflict
The Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, called the tragedy "the loss of life of the Kosovo Police officer". they took the life of an innocent man, who served under the state uniform of the law enforcement forces of the Republic of Kosovo, they must be brought to justice," he emphasized in a post on social media.
Albanian President, Bajram Begaj Photo: Press Office/Albania Parliament
"The Euro-Atlantic Community must gather all its imposing force and irreversibly seat Kosovo and Serbia at the table of the Normalization Dialogue. The calling of an extraordinary peace conference, under the supervision and the guarantee of the European Union and the United States, and at the same time taking all extraordinary measures with KFOR, to prevent further escalation of the situation, are a strategic necessity not only for order and security in Kosovo today, but also for peace and the future of the region tomorrow, before the prolonged crisis in the North of Kosovo gets out of control and turns into a destabilizing fire for the entire region," warned the prime minister of Albania, Edi Rama.
The Euro-Atlantic Community and KFOR stop the escalation of the situation
The Speaker of the Parliament of Albania, Lindita Nikolla, in an official statement, called on the international community and KFOR to intervene to stop a worsening of the situation." The perpetrators of this crime must be held accountable and the criminals must be brought to justice. This brutal act criminal against the Kosovo Police officers and its tragic consequences are signs that the developments may worsen if there is no intervention by the Euro-Atlantic community and KFOR to stop the escalation of the situation. The dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, according to the recommendations of the US and the EU, remains the way only for the normalization of bilateral relations. The normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is a necessary condition for security and peace in the region." emphasizes the Speaker of the Parliament of Albania, Lindita Nikolla,
Photo: Albania Premiership Press Office
The perpetrators face justice as soon as possible
The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Igli Hasani, in his reaction called the armed attack on the police and the state of Kosovo, "a criminal act, a threat to the security and stability of the region." "The perpetrators must face justice as soon as possible. Albania is by Kosovo's side and in close cooperation with allies and partners in these difficult moments that require composure," he emphasized. The Union of Municipalities of Albania also condemned the attack. The Mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj, described the attack as armed against the Kosovo police "an unparalleled barbarity for the Europe of 2023" "The Union of Municipalities strongly condemns these acts of terror and expresses its deepest condolences to the family of the hero Afrim Bunjaku and a speedy recovery to his two colleagues".
The police take control of the monastery in Banjska - attacks on the Kosovo police, September 24, 2023
Opposition: Belgrade authorities to distance themselves from destabilizing acts
The Chairman of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha, in his reaction emphasized that "at this critical moment in the battle against crime, we are on the side of the Kosovo Police and the country's authorities who are working to bring the perpetrators of this serious event to justice." "I call on the Belgrade authorities to emphatically condemn and distance themselves from this serious event and from the language and destabilizing acts", Basha emphasized in his reaction