Serb president wants Turkey's apology on Kosovo

BELGRADE: Serbia’s president says he won’t take part in a Balkan initiative with Turkey in protest over reported remarks by Turkey’s prime minister in Kosovo.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (C), his Albanian counterpart Edi Rama (L) and Kosovar counterpart Hashim Thaci wave during a visit to Prizren, some 90 km (56 miles) southwest of capital Pristina, October 23, 2013. REUTERS/Hazir Reka

Serbian media have quoted Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying in Kosovo on Wednesday that “Turkey is Kosovo and Kosovo is Turkey.” The comment has been widely criticized in Serbia which is sensitive to past Ottoman rule in the Balkans and to any acknowledgement of Kosovo’s independence.

Kosovo is a former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008, a move rejected by Belgrade.

President Tomislav Nikolic on Saturday sought an apology for the “scandal,” saying he’s pulling out of talks with Bosnia and Turkey on postwar Balkan stability.

The move further strains relations after Serbia’s government sought a formal explanation Friday. Turkey has recognized Kosovo’s independence

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3 replies

  1. Prizren has a sizable Turkish minority. And it looks like a Turkish town. Mosque, Catholic Church and Orthodox Church were nicely and peacefully side-by-side for centuries (under the Turkish Empire and under Yugoslav times). The Serb – Kosovo independence war of 1999 changed part of that. The Orthodox church was under German Army protection after 1999, but was severely damaged by a Kosovar mob in 2004. When I reached to Kosovo in 1999 and when I went shopping in the market I did not know what language to use (as I do neither speak Albanian nor Serbian). I decided to speak Swiss German and was immediately understood. Many Kosovar used to (and still do) work in Switzerland and many returned. (and many remain in Switzerland and have Swiss nationality now)…

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