KFOR: No significant security incident was recorded in the last 10 years against Decan Monastery
The Europa Nostra, which specializes in the protection of cultural heritage, has shortlisted the medieval Serbian Orthodox monastery on its list of the most endangered sites in Europe, but KFOR Mission in Kosovo says that no serious security incident was recorded in the last ten years against Decan Monastery. In a written statement to Gazeta Express, KFOR said that security situation across Kosovo and in the area around the Monastery is stable.
Nostra said that the Decan Monastery is “the only monument in Europe under such
robust international military protection for a continuous period of 20 years,”
citing the protection offered by KFOR. The move was criticized by Kosovo
institutions and civil society organizations who have opposed listing the Decan
Monastery among seven most endangered sites in Europe. A group of around 40
NGOs from Kosovo issued a joint statement claiming that the inclusion is based
on false and unverified data.
in a written answer to Gazeta Express said that they have not registered any serious
incident against the Decan Monastery. “We have not recorded any significant
security incidents in the last 10 years against Deçan Monastery. KFOR will
continue to operate in order to guarantee a peaceful coexistence in the area.
All religious and cultural heritage sites across Kosovo must be respected and
preserved,” KFOR said.
NATO-led peacekeeping mission said that they continue to cooperate closely with
the Kosovo Police and the EU rule of law mission EULEX, in accordance with the
principle of first, second and third responder, respectively.
also assessed that the security situation around the Decan Monastery appears
calm. “The NATO-led KFOR mission remains focused on the daily implementation of
its mandate derived from the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of
1999, to ensure a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement for the
benefit of all communities living in Kosovo. Within this framework we maintain
our presence in the area of the Deçan Monastery. The security situation is
stable across Kosovo and in the area around the Monastery,” KFOR said.
Prime Minister Albin Kurti and President Vjosa Osmani sent a letter to the
Europa Nostra who presented their arguments why Decan Monastery does not
fulfill the criteria to be listed among Europe’s most endangered sites.
President of the Europa Nostra, Guy Clausse, in an answer given earlier to
Gazeta Express said the nomination of Decan Monastery in the list of the “seven
most endangered sites in Europe” was based on various international reports, as
well as the direct contacts with the Abbot of Monastery, Sava Janjic.
Kosovo institutional leaders insist that the data presented in the document of
nomination were extracted mainly from Serbian institutions, which as they say,
for political reasons, represent a distorted reality on Kosovo. /GazetaExpress/