South of Serbia Could Request to Join Kosovo

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Bulgaria: South of Serbia Could Request to Join Kosovo Presevo is located in the very southeast of Serbia near the Kosovo border. Map by BBC

Southern parts of Serbia could request to join Kosovo if Crimea is incorporated into Russia.

"If authorities in Moscow demand that Crimea join Russia, Tirana [Albania's capital] and Pristina [Kosovo's capital] should demand the same for Presevo valley," Jonuz Musliu, head of Bujanovac Municipality, was quoted as saying by Serbian radio B92 and CROSS news agency.

Presevo valley, as well as all South Serbian municipalities, Bujanovac, Presevo and Medvedja, are populated mainly by ethnic Albanians, who form a 90% majority.

Musliu claimed that, at a historic level, Presevo valley has always been part of Kosovo.

It was separated from Kosovo's administrative unit in 1948 by the Yugoslav communist leadership.

Misliu also reminded that Presevo's Albanian community had already demanded annexation to Kosovo through a referendum held on May 2, 1992, with support of the move amounting to 98%.

Bujanovac Municipality's head was himself a leader of pro-Albanmian militant group at the time of clashes that took place in Presevo in 1999-2001 as a follow-up to the Kosovo war.

Over the past decade, experts have raised fears that Presevo Valley could become "a second Kosovo" if Serbia, Kosovo and Albania's governments do not find a solution to the conflict.

After signing on Tuesday a decree accepting Ukraine's Crimea into Russia, President Vlamidir Putin, though dismissing parallels between Crimea's referendum and Moscow not recognizing Kosovo, cited the will of the peninsula's population as a reason to annex it.

Serbia, which is currently dealing with its political affairs after early elections on Sunday, has made no immediate comments on Musliu's remarks.

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lul - 21 Mar 2014 // 21:43:07

''If the war starts, then just hit the Bulgarian and you will not mistake'' often mentioned wording by Serbs.

Vaz - 21 Mar 2014 // 08:17:08

Why not incorporate true, historic Serbian lands of Dalmatcija, Lika and all of Republika Srpska into Serbia that already includes Serbia proper and the autonomous provinces of Kosovo i Metohija and Vojvodina?! Book it Bebo

Behemoth - 20 Mar 2014 // 16:47:44

Right. And don't forget Voyvodina which will gladly go to Hungary.

Behemoth - 20 Mar 2014 // 16:31:33

"Bulgaria must send tanks immediately."

No, Bulgaria must send straight jackets immediately. What is your address?

St Dimityr Basarbovski - 20 Mar 2014 // 12:07:27

Yeah, send taks to Bosilegrad, Caribrod, Pirot, Nis, Vranja to unite these territories with Bg. Bg as a NATO member cannot be attacked by possible pro-Serb anti-Bg countries, but it can attack Serbia and FYROM to free its occupied territories.
Presevo, Bujanovac and Medveda are Albanian lands, Eastern Kosovo is both Albanian and Bulgarian (the few "Serbs" there speak Bulgarian, Torlak-Shop dialects).

Agent Piccadilly - 19 Mar 2014 // 20:16:15

How dare these fascists use the democratic vote in Krimea as an excuse to demand accession to Kosovo. Serbia is a sovereign nation and any attempt by these pro-western agitators to split the country must be met with force. Bulgaria must send tanks immediately.

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