There is a very tense situation on the border between Serbia and Kosovo. Therefore, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued special notices for Poles in those regions or planning a trip. “We advise people on site to exercise extreme caution” – was informed. The resort added that “it is advisable to avoid unnecessary trips to the Mitrovica region”.
It is very worried at the border between Kosovo and Serbia. This is the result of a protracted conflict exacerbated by recent events. Kosovar authorities planned to require from 1 August that ethnic Serbs living in northern Kosovo replace their Serbian number plates with Kosovar number plates within 60 days. The government has also decided that from that date all Serb citizens visiting Kosovo will be required to obtain an additional document at the border to gain entry.
On Sunday evening, Serb protesters blocked the access roads to two border crossings on the border with Serbia – Jarinje and Bernjak with trucks and other heavy equipment. According to Kosovar police, they were also setting up barricades and firing at the police. “Fortunately, no one was injured,” the police said in a press release. However, she inquired about the closure of both passages.
The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made special announcements for people staying or planning a trip in those regions.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against traveling to the north of Kosovo
Due to the turbulent situation in the north of Kosovo, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued special warnings to the Poles.
– Due to the blockage of roads leading to the Brnjak and Jarinje border crossings and the closure of these border crossings, as well as the ongoing ethnic tensions in the north of the Republic of Kosovo, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends avoiding unnecessary travel to the Mitrovica region in Kosovo – we read in the announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also advises travelers to other regions of the Republic of Kosovo to exercise extreme caution. Since Poland has not yet established diplomatic relations with Kosovo, there are no legal grounds to provide consular assistance to Polish citizens in this country. The nearest Polish branch is in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia.
Restless on the border between Serbia and Kosovo. An appeal to tourists
Paweł Jabłoński, deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was asked in Polsat News on Monday about the situation at the border between Serbia and Kosovo. “The situation is quite tense. It is the result of several, let’s call it general, misunderstandings between the administration of Kosovo and the administration of Serbia,” he said.
– Today we especially advise to exercise special, extraordinary caution for all people who may be in this area – the Deputy Minister appealed.
As he noted, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is observing the tense situation on the border between Serbia and Kosovo. “There are still no military operations there” – he indicated. “We are dealing with a situation that can of course go in different directions” – he added, recalling that there is a NATO contingent in Kosovo, a stabilization mechanism in the region.
Recalling that the last thing in Europe is an additional dispute in Serbia or Kosovo, the deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs replied that “one must realize that Russia is trying very hard to destabilize the whole continent, not just Ukraine.” , not just Moldova”. “Russia is definitely very active in the Balkans,” he added.
Paweł Jabłoński, when asked about suggestions for Poles going on vacation in the Balkans, said the Foreign Ministry is encouraging people to follow the news.
– At this time we advise you to be careful. This has always been a region, for years, where these ethnic tensions have led to different situations, sometimes unpleasant, sometimes much more serious than unpleasant – now it can be. This is not the case at the moment. May it not be so – he stressed.
Serbia, which lost control of Kosovo after the 1999 NATO campaign, refuses to recognize the independence of its former province, and since 2008, that is, since it declared its independence, it has refused to use Kosovar plates on its territory. Tensions between the two countries are now at their highest in years.