The head of the EU Office in Kosovo and Special Representative, Nataliya Apostolova, expressed deep concern over the lack of implementation of the Kosovo’s Constitutional Court ruling recognising the Orthodox Monastery in Decan ownership over a land which has been claimed by two socially-owned enterprises since 2000.
“The EU expresses deep concern on the lack of implementation of the 19 May 2016 Constitutional Court ruling on the land dispute case in Decan/e and others affecting properties of members from non-majority communities. Decisions by Kosovo’s highest legal authority are final and must be implemented without further delay,” reads the statement.
The EU called on relevant authorities to uphold the rule of law as a fundamental principle of democracy.
Historians’ League in Decan meanwhile reacted to the statement calling it ‘racist’ and ‘dangerous’. They said the statement concerns a decision which was taken during the Slobodan Milosevic’s regime and as such should be retracted. They also said they are ready to respond to any situation to prevent the land being given to the Orthodox Monastery, even by way of protest or by blocking the road to the Monastery of Decan.