Friday, January 8, 2010

Tadić's office denies there was "agreement"
8 January 2010 | 09:25 | Source: FoNet, Beta
BELGRADE -- President Boris Tadič did not reach any agreement with the temporary institutions of Kosovo regarding his stay during Christmas in the monastery of Dečani.

This is according to a statement late on Thursday from the president's press service.

Tadić's cabinet stressed that the president informed only the EU high representative for foreign policy's personal representative about his trip to Kosovo.

According to an RFE report, a Kosovo Albanian official said in Priština yesterday that Tadić "broke an agreement and made political statements".

KFOR commander in Serb monastery
8 January 2010 | 11:06 | Source: Tanjug
DEČANI -- KFOR Commander Markus Bentler on Thursday visited the Serb Orthodox monastery of Visoki Dečani one hour after President Boris Tadić left.

A protest organized over Tadić's visit by ethnic Albanians in the village of Dečani was an isolated case and that KFOR was capable of maintaining security in Kosovo, the German general told Tanjug news agency.

"I said this in my New Year message, and I am saying this again now. The situation is peaceful and stable. There are always people in Kosovo who make strong statements, who demonstrate and try to block roads, and compared to the total population, their number is very small," Bentler said.

A group of about a hundred ethnic Albanians blocked the road leading from Dečani village to the 14th century Serb monastery for several hours on Wednesday, shouting "UCK" (Albanian for the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army, KLA) and "Tadić get out".

KFOR's Italian troops who guard the monastery stepped up security due to the protest, reports said.

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