The new mayor of Preševo warns about Belgrade´s actions
Ardita Sinani, the newly elected mayor of Preševo, an ethnic Albanian majority municipality in south Serbia, claims that Belgrade is committing silent ethnic cleansing in the municipality by deleting the addresses of citizens.
Sinani has claimed so at the end of May, in an interview, just two weeks after taking office in reaction to Belgrade´s action in which Serbia authorities deleted numerous addresses of Albanians from Preševo and two other municipalities.
The complaints have also been received in Brussels, but the EU requires more time to clarify data and information. However, Sinani is sure that Belgrade is committing ethnic cleansing by stealth. In March, The European Parliament has already agreed to amend the EU report on Serbia and investigate claims about ethnic cleansing.
Even the Standing Rapporteur for Serbia, Vladimir Bilcik, and his Kosovo counterpart, Viola von Cramon-Taubadel, said the EU would take a closer look into the allegations. As the EU-facilitated dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia is expected to continue in June, Sinani claims that the mentioned issue must be one of the topics of the upcoming dialogue.