Source: Channel News Asia
May 24, 2019
PRISTINA: A mayor in Kosovo has refused to cede contested land to a UNESCO-listed Serbian Orthodox monastery despite a court order and pressure from the EU, in a long-running
The status of Serbian Orthodox church sites in mainly Muslim Kosovo is an acute source of tension between the neighbours, who were split by war 20 years ago.
One of the most revered churches, the 14th-century Decani monastery is still guarded by NATO-led forces and has been embroiled in a decades-old dispute with local authorities over 24 hectares of land.
In 2016 Kosovo's constitutional court ruled that the land belonged to the monastery, which has been using the plot for agriculture.
But the mayor of Decan municipality has made clear he would not respect the decision, despite a recent call from the European Union to honour the ruling.
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