KOSOVSKA MITROVICA – Should Kosovo become a UNESCO member, the consequences for the Serbian identity and cultural heritage in the province would be unforeseeable, says Serbian Ambassador to UNESCO Darko Tanaskovic.

In that case, UNESCO documents would list medieval Serbian monuments, churches and monasteries as cultural assets in the territory of a “state of Kosovo”, rather than in Serbia, Tanaskovic has told Jedinstvo.

That would not automatically mean ownership of the cultural assets would change or that they would become Albanian, but a new stage of planned “contextual pressure” on Serbian heritage – and the very foundations of the Serbian identity – would begin, with unforeseeable consequences, he said.

There are no “realistic conditions” for giving exterritorial status to the heritage sites as that would imply the existence of an independent Kosovo, he said.