204,049 internally displaced persons from Kosovo in Serbia

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BELGRADE – In Serbia, there are 204,049 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Kosovo-Metohija, the director of the Serbian government office for Kosovo-Metohija said on Tuesday, noting that the return of Serbs and other non-Albanians is limited by a lack of a mechanism for a return of usurped property.

Seventeen years after the conflict in Serbia’s southern province, the problem of displaced persons remains, Djuric said at the third high-level regional forum on permanent solutions for displaced persons from Kosovo-Metohija.

Over the past years, Serbia has earmarked large funds to provide accommodation to IDPs and improve their position and also developed support strategies, with assistance coming from the EU as well through IPA funds, he said.

Despite all efforts, the problem remains because IDPs cannot exercise their individual rights in their places of origin, Djuric noted.

That is why the issue cannot be solved without a coordinated set of activities by all interested parties in order to establish a suitable implementation framework in Kosovo-Metohija, Djuric said.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Where would you rather be? In a country no longer your own, controlled by people who care nothing for you? Who blatantly destroy everything that is of your culture, walk free and smug having given your fellow man a good beating? The benefits of being a Serb living in enclaves are less than zero. Instead of refugees, how about rehousing your own people and let them have a place to live that is relatively safe, surrounded by Serbs, where their lives are worth something.

  2. Why isn’t Serbia suing on behalf of the displaced for their property rights? Some of their confiscated homes and apartments have been or are being rented out to the “international community” staff there. Serbia should sue for that and even send a bill for the use of the homes/apartments on behalf of the now hundreds of thousands of homeless.
    This also shows how Serbia is foolish to engage in all this “dialogue” as it hasn’t gotten Serbs anywhere, it is tricking Serbia into giving over power and benefits to the illegal Kosovo-Albanian statelet for a bunch of empty promises and nothing.
    Serbia was also foolish to reopen/reconnect with the foreign embassies which recognized the Kosovo theft. It only temporarily stopped cooperation, then reenacted it claiming they could do more for Serbs by working with those very countries. WRONG. Serbia is falling into their trap and dancing to their tune.

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