According to Zëri, the recent incidents that have occurred in the Strpce region can
hardly be seen as isolated. On the recent capturing of two Serbian policemen by the
KPS, an unnamed source told the newspaper, “It is more likely that they [the Serbian
side] want to send a message to Kosovan authorities. Or they have operated so freely
until now that they don’t even care anymore”.
On the killing of two young Kosovo Serbs, the paper quotes a “reliable” source as
saying that the incident was not related to the ethnicity of the victims and that it was a settling of scores between two groups of young Kosovo Serbs. Even the police are reportedly aware of this.
Naim Maloku, former military officer and now deputy speaker of the Kosovo
Assembly, told the newspaper that there is no doubt that Serbia’s “stretched hand” is
involved in these acts. Maloku also notes that in the post-war period, Serbia has
publicly stated on several occasions that it controls Kosovo through its services.
In a different article on the same page, the paper reports that according to the
International Crisis Group (ICG), which quoted anonymous sources in UNMIK,
Serbian officials have stated that they have 1,000 policemen in Kosovo who could be
involved mainly in administrative tasks. According to the ICG, all of them are in the
payroll of the Serbian Government.
Zëri also reports that the two Serbian Gendarmerie members are charged with
ordinary crimes that can be committed by any other citizen of Kosovo. An unnamed
source told the paper that Chapter XIII of the Kosovo Penal Code that sanctions penal
acts against Kosovo and its citizens hasn’t foreseen at all the illegal activity of foreign intelligence services in Kosovo.
Epoka e Re reports that the movement of armed members of the Serbian Gendarmerie
in the territory of Kosovo shows how unprotected the boundaries are. The newspaper
notes that both the Government and the opposition have called on KFOR and UNMIK
Police to treat this as an alarming issue because it constitutes a risk for damaging the political processes in Kosovo and regional stability. Local political representatives also said that KFOR, UNMIK Police and KPS need to strengthen Kosovo’s borders in order to prevent such cases from happening again.F.F