Serbian hierarch appeals to Secretary of State on violence in Kosovo

Washington, D.C., May 31, 2023

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On Monday, May 29, His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Serian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America sent a letter to top US officials regarding the recent violence in the north of Kosovo and Metohija.

Bp. Irinej wrote to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jacob Sullivan, “motivated by deep concern and great indignation due to the violence against the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija, which intensified in the past few days, and turned into an open armed conflict on Monday,” reports the Eastern American Diocese.

In his letter, Bp. Irinej noted that in the recent confrontation, the KFOR forces sided with the aggressor—the Kosovo Albanian authorities.

“Also, it is indicative that the violence occurred the day after Secretary Blinken tried to calm tensions by unequivocally condemning the violence committed by the Kosovo Albanian authorities against the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija,” the diocese writes.

However, “the violence that happened on Monday clearly shows that Albanians are now able to brazenly ignore the United States of America and its allies,” Bp. Irinej believes.

“The latest violence clearly indicates the extent of aggression and the true intentions of the Kosovo Albanian authorities to create an ethnically pure state without Serbs,” said Bp. Irinej.

The hierarch called on the US and NATO to “immediately consider, together with the representatives of the Serbs and the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija, the implementation of new security measures to protect the lives of the Serbian population and enable their survival.”

Bp. Irinej also appealed to Secretary Blinken in April 2021 on behalf of the suffering Serbian Orthodox population in Kosovo.

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