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Serbia Bans Albanian Text Books

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02 March 2016 – Wednesday 3:20

Serbian authorities in Kosovo have returned yesterday 103 222 textbooks Ministry of Education of the Republic of Kosovo, intended for students from the Presevo Valley Albanians. The texts were blocked on 10 September 2015, and has since been kept in the customs terminal in Presevo.

The deputy of VETËVENDOSJE, Mytaher Haskuka, said negotiations in Brussels did not bring anything good for Kosovo in sectors where the results were advertised as in the education sector.”Belgrade’s parallel system in Kosovo is strengthened, while on the other hand Albanians in Presevo, Medvedja, Bujanovac have not benefited almost nothing to increase the rights for education in the mother tongue. As Kosovo diplomas are not accepted in Serbia. We had said at the time that they were allowed to enter the books from Serbia by customs on a written an official from the Ministry of Culture, contrary to the decision of the Minister of Education, not only acting illegally but lost chances books Albanian go to students of the Valley, “said Haskuka, adding that this shows that there was no agreement between the parties for textbooks, and that through the negotiations collapsing statehood of Kosovo and Albanians Valley are left people more discriminated against in Europe.

A member of the Presidency of VETËVENDOSJE !, Belgzim Kamberi said that the return of textbooks represents a violation of human rights and national rights of the Albanians in Serbia, given that Serbia even 15 years after the fall of Milosevic did not solve the issue of implementation of the rights to education in their mother tongue and the preservation and development of cultural, historical and minority identity. “Education can not happen without textbooks in Albanian or less with the current texts in force in Serbia, which are almost identical to those of the Milosevic era. Of course that keeping about six months of textbooks of the Republic of Kosovo in Serbia in customs Serbian has cost over 70,000 euro to the Kosovo budget and their return is the result of a farce large Government of Kosovo, namely the Ministry of Education “said Kamberi.

He stressed that Kosovo and the Presevo Valley were subdued again by Serbia, to which pressure needs to be done to change the curriculum and textbooks. “Minister of Education tried to impose reciprocity measures last year, but it was impossible because it ran counter to the laws of Kosovo.Education in Municipalities Law allows the use of curricula and textbooks from the Republic of Serbia. Commission of the Republic of Kosovo responsible to be confirmed whether the Serbian textbooks are in accordance with domestic legislation. Well, this could not have reciprocity because on one hand the Republic of Kosovo as a result of the Ahtisaari package allows the use of textbooks and de facto recognizes the Republic of Serbia curriculum for use in schools in Kosovo and Serbia does not accept texts Albanian curricula stemming from Kosovo and Albania, “Kamberi said finally.

During these five years the Brussels negotiations not normalized relations in any field but only as Belgrade is adding pressure on Albanians in Presevo, Medvedja and Bujanovac control within Kosovo facilitated by the Government.

 VV

March 2, 2016

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