Agreement reached on building road near Decan Monastery
prime minister, Avdullah Hoti, and the EU Office in Kosovo confirmed Thursday
that an agreement was reached on the rehabilitation of the roads in a protected
area around the Serbian Orthodox monastery in Decan, Gazeta Express reports.
EU office issued a statement Thursday saying that Implementation and Monitoring
Council (IMC) during a meeting held in Pristina endorsed an arrangement on the
rehabilitation of roads in the Decan municipality adhering to the relevant
Kosovo Law no. 03/L-039 on Special Protective Zones (SPZ) of 15 June 2008.
arrangement includes the synchronous development of both an international
bypass road external to the SPZ boundaries and of a local road within the SPZ.
It aims at fostering inter-community relations through the protection of
religious cultural heritage and bolstering the economic development within the
municipality of Decan and the region,” the EU office said in a statement.
According to the EU Office in Pristina the arrangement was facilitated by the Ambassador
of Italy to Kosovo Nicola Orlando, with support and expertise provided by KFOR
Commander, Major General Michele Risi. The statement said that the IMC members
will follow up on implementation of the arrangement with the support of KFOR,
acting within its mandate.
Minister Hoti in a Facebook post thanked Ambassador Orlando and KFOR Commander Risi
for their contribution. “This agreement is a result of monthly—long fruitful
and constructive discussions, between the Municipality of Decan and representatives
of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the Decan Monastery,” Hoti wrote. He said
that reaching of this agreement, proves that the Republic of Kosovo is a country
that respects and protects equally the rights and freedoms.
of this agreement was welcomed also by the US Embassy in Kosovo. “We applaud
the IMC for reaching an agreement for road rehabilitation in Deçan/Dečane
respecting the rule of law and protecting Kosovo’s rich cultural and religious
heritage. We also thank the IMC members, Ambassador Orlando, and COMKFOR Risi
for their efforts to achieve this,” the US Embassy posted on Twitter.
Serbian Orthodox Church has disputed construction of the road which intersects the
property of the Decan Monastery and links Kosovo with Montenegro. Following
complaints of Decan Monastery and foreign ambassadors in Kosovo the Government
of Kosovo ordered halting of construction work until a solution is found. Decan
Monastery abbot Sava Janjic claims that the building of the highway will
endanger the medieval monastery and violate Kosovo’s Law on Special Protected
Areas. Janjic told media earlier that he is not against the road, on which building
work started in 2018, but that it should not run past the monastery, which is
located in a special protected area. /GazetaExpress/