Cease the deliberate deletion of Albanians’ addresses in the Presheva Valley!
As foreign policy leaders of the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Albania, we express our deepest concern regarding the process of deliberate deletion of Albanians’ addresses in the Valley by the Serbian authorities, especially in Medvegja, but also in Bujanovc and Presheva.
The deleting of Albanians' addresses in the Presheva Valley is not only depicting a completely inaccurate picture of the demographic composition of those areas and the number of Albanians in Serbia, but also is fundamentally violating their fundamental rights and freedoms, including the right to vote.
This state practice applied in a completely arbitrary and deliberate way, constitutes a new form of oppression exercised against Albanians in the Presheva Valley. Therefore, while we strongly condemn such institutional practice, we call on Serbian authorities to immediately cease their systematic work for making Albanians’ addresses passive. This state practice does not only infringe the rights of Albanians in the Presheva Valley, but is also a complete disregard of democratic standards in general.
Also, we call upon all relevant international institutions, first and foremost the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, to follow this process with increased attention and act to stop this process that will bring about long-term consequences against Albanians living in Serbia.
The Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Albania remain committed to deepening regional cooperation and deeply believe in the European prospects for the entire Western Balkans. Nonetheless, it must be emphasised that this means, above all, mutual recognition, equal treatment and full adherence of democratic standards.