In response to mounting calls from the Director of the Kosovo Office, Peter Petkovic for an investigation into recent events in Banjska, northern Kosovo, the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) has issued a statement to The Pavlovic Today, shedding light on its role and mandate in the matter.
“EULEX doesn’t have the executive mandate to conduct investigations,” a Spokesperson for EULEX mission in Kosovo told The Pavlovic Today.
The spokesperson emphasized that EULEX’s activities were carried out in accordance with its mandate and within the constraints dictated by the ongoing security situation
“In line with its mandate and within the limits permitted by the then ongoing security situation, EULEX closely monitored the security developments during the entire of the Kosovo Police’s operation, remaining at all times in close coordination with the Kosovo Police and KFOR/NATO,” the spokesperson stated.
“The Mission also monitored and is continuing to monitor activities carried by the Kosovo authorities in relation to the attack, such as investigations, seizures and searches.”
Earlier today, Pavlovic Today obtained a letter written by Peter Petković, Director of the Office for Kosovo, in which he formally requested the EULEX Mission in Kosovo to establish an independent commission to investigate the circumstances surrounding the tragic deaths of three ethnic Serbs in Banjska on September 24, 2023.
“We request that you ensure that the autopsies to be carried out in Priština are also attended by an independent team comprising international forensic experts, including at least one expert delegated by the Serbian side,” Petković emphasized in the letter.
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