BUJANOVAC- Serbia-Presevo [Presheva] Valley should have a special status and Albanians in this region should have the same rights that Kosovo Serbs are asking for, said Nagip Arifi, the head of Bujanovac municipality. According to Kosovo Pubic Television he said he was unhappy with the work of Coordinating Body, created by Serbian government for the region, of which he is a deputy. Arifi said he will inform the relevant international institutions about, what he termed, this “appropriate demand”.
Presevo Valley is a region in Serbia proper that borders eastern Kosovo. There was a brief armed conflict in 1999-2000 between the Serbian army an ethnic Albanian fighter who were complaining about mistreatments and second class status. European Union representatives brokered an agreement which lead to secession of hostilities. Albanian parties have been complaining that the Serbian government has not been implementing its end of the bargain.
There has been suggestion in recent years that Presevo Valley should be swapped with northern Mitrovica when an eventual agreement is reached between Kosovo and Serbia about the status of Kosovo. Most Kosovo Albanians and European Institutions oppose such a swap of land, but Serbian politicians have been ambivalent about such possibility. F.F