Kosovo’s outgoing minister of Foreign Affairs, Behgjet
Pacolli, said on Wednesday that he has declared Austrian writer. Peter Handke,
as “persona non-grata,” Gazeta Express reports.
Pacolli wrote in social media that the decision was
taken after Nobel Laureate on literature Peter Handke has denied war crimes
committed in Kosovo by Slobodan Milosevic’s regime during 1998-1999 war which
left over 13 thousand people dead and 1600 are still considered as missing. “Denying
crimes and support for criminals is the most terrible crime,” Pacolli wrote.
The Swedish Academy’s choice for the 2019 prize, which
Handke received on Tuesday, offended people in Kosovo and other countries of
the region who see Handke as an apologist for Serb war crimes during the
conflicts that led to dissolution of former Yugoslavia.