The Head of the National Assembly delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Vesna Markovic and delegation member Prof. Dr Zarko Obradovic met today, at the National Assembly, with the Head of OSCE Mission to Serbia Jan Braathu to discuss the delegation’s activities and opportunities for the further development of cooperation.
Vesna Markovic said that the National Assembly delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly is very active, especially in election observation, citing its participation in the OSCE observation missions during the elections in Bulgaria, Albania and Moldova.
Markovic also pointed out that last week the delegation took part in the OSCE PA annual session in Vienna, expressing satisfaction for the opportunity to acquaint parliamentarians with current events in Kosovo-Metohija, where human rights of Serb returnees are being violated. She stated that it is important for the parliamentarians to be informed about what is happening in the heart of Europe and how the right to free movement of Serbian citizens in Kosovo-Metohija is being violated. She praised the quick reaction of the OSCE Office in Pristina, which condemned the violence and appealed to the authorities in Pristina to allow the free movement of Serbs, but added that despite that, as well as the reactions of some embassies of European countries, the attacks on Serb returnees continue.
In the course of the conversation Vesna Markovic also pointed out that Serbia is committed to dialogue with Pristina and that the goal is to achieve peace and stability in the region.
Prof. Dr Zarko Obradovic, member of the National Assembly delegation to the OSCE PA and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, pointed out that the security situation for Serbian citizens in Kosovo-Metohija is very difficult, that dialogue and cooperation with Pristina, which are an important part of Serbia's European path, are almost non-existent because Pristina does not want to talk or solve the problems, nor does it want to ensure that all the citizens of Kosovo-Metohija live peacefully and safely.
This has been going on for a very long time, Obradovic said adding that according to European Commission data, 250,000 people were exiled from Kosovo-Metohija in 2000, only 2% of which have returned, and that constant pressure was exerted on Serbs to emigrate. Obradovic said that in Pristina we do not someone to have a dialogue with, pointing out that Kurti is publicly saying that he would not respect either the Brussels or Washington agreement, and the international community should react to this behaviour by Pristina.
Jan Braathu pointed out that the OSCE Mission to Serbia is a natural partner to the National Assembly, especially the National Assembly delegation to the OSCE PA, and that it is there to provide support to the National Assembly, within its mandate and proclaimed values, in fulfilling its agenda.
The officials agreed that there is room for reciprocal cooperation on many topics and all issues important for security in the Western Balkans region and Europe in general.
Braathu also said that it is important to protect the Serbs living in 24 municipalities in Kosovo-Metohija, and opined that Kurti's statements encourage the worst part of Kosovo society, which produces fear and insecurity in the Serbian community.