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NATO and EU both responsible for anarchy in the north of Kosovo (Koha Ditore)

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Columnist Augustin Palokaj writes in an opinion piece for the paper that the north of Kosovo is perhaps the most anarchic region in Europe. He says that their NATO, nor EULEX or UNMIK managed to “rule” in the north and that this was done by Serbia’s parallel structures and even when the situation there is peaceful, “there is a sense of insecurity because no one knows who governs there.” “There is the impression that the kilings, attacks, burning of cars and other crimes have intentionally not been resolved and punished because this could have been unsuitable for political interests. This is why the ruling of organised crime in the north of Kosovo was tolerated,” Palokaj writes. He adds that Oliver Ivanovic, used to warn that partition of Kosovo whereby the north would join Serbia would be damaging for the Serb community but also used to argue for a special treatment for the north. “When I’d ask Ivanovic about the presence of members of Serbia’s MUP (Ministry of Interior) in the north of Kosovo, he would say this was Pristina media propaganda but he knew full well that Serbia’s MUP operated there for years. We would somehow understand why Oliver Ivanovic and Belgrade would deny MUP was operating in Mitrovica but we couldn’t understand why NATO and EU would pretend not to be aware of this fact and even go on to deny it,” Palokaj writes. Hence, he adds, both NATO and EU are responsible for the rule of law situation in the north of Kosovo: NATO for hesitating to go to the north without the consent of parallel structures and EULEX for being afraid to go to the north. Palokaj doesn’t believe that Ivanovic’s killing will cause inter-ethnic unrest in Kosovo because “it seems his death did not have an inter-ethnic character.” “However, this killing shows that there is no rule of law in the north and no one able to change the situation there is truly committed in doing so.”

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