The Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Besnik Bislimi, during his visit to the Presheva Valley, commented on the letter of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron sent to Prime Minister Albin Kurti.

He said during a media conference that the letter from Scholz and Macron, which was also sent to Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, shows that in this period of time big decisions must be made, which means reaching the final agreement with mutual recognition at the center.

"It is much more important that the window offered in the next two years where there is no political interneco, either in Kosovo, Serbia or in other countries, should be used to the maximum in order to reach a final solution.

Both Kurti and Vučić have been elected as undisputed leaders of their countries, and Scholz and Macron go in this direction, which shows that it is good to make big decisions in this period.

For us, the big decision is the conclusion of the final agreement with mutual recognition at the center", he said.

Bislimi also spoke about the situation in the Presheva Valley and the many problems and challenges that the Albanian population is facing.

He blamed Belgrade for depopulating the region, saying that the moment has come to show Europe the true face of Serbia.

"It is a little scary the speed with which Serbia has managed to depopulate this region with its policy, but I think that now is the moment where we can show the whole of Europe how the true face of Serbia can be seen in the Valley, as we think that there is no region in Europe where the population still in 2022 fights for textbooks, for basic rights, fights for representation, at least minimally, in state institutions", he said.

He added that there may be political divisions, but according to him, the leaders of Presheva do not dare to allow themselves the luxury of divisions.

"It would be a big mistake if Lugina, with so few inhabitants, has the luxury of creating political divisions.

There may be political divisions or no compromise on certain topics that advance the lives of citizens, but at the national level, the leaders of Presheva do not dare to allow themselves the luxury of divisions.

At the moment there are two narratives, it is the narrative of the Government of Kosovo, which aims to advance the rights of the Valley, and the narrative of President Vucic, who continues to oppress the Valley.

Each of the leaders can only be positioned in one of these two narratives.

It would be very wrong to position ourselves on the wrong side in the name of any argument," he said.

Bislimi said that in the dialogue in Brussels an important topic will be the guarantee of symmetry and equality in rights between Albanian citizens in the Valley and Serbian citizens in Kosovo.

He said that the discrimination that is being done to the Albanians of the Valley does not happen in any country in Europe.

"It is terrible to understand that in none of the ambulants in Bujanoc, the leadership or management are Albanians.

There are no Albanians in most of the schools, there are even no courts in Presheva and Bujanovc, because they have been moved to Vranje, there are no Albanians in the command chain of the police, not even close to the proportion in the population.

This also extends to the firefighters, the only Albanian firefighter who was retired and now all the firefighters are Serbian.

This discrimination is unprecedented in Europe and I think it would be irresponsible if we close our eyes to this situation", he said.

Nagavci: We expect cooperation in education in the future as well

Meanwhile, the Minister of Education, Arbërie Nagavci, said that the students of Albanian schools in the Valley continue to face challenges, as she said that they expect cooperation in the field of education.

"We realized again with concern that high school students continue to face challenges regarding the lack of textbooks.

However, our goal will continue even further.

We expect to have cooperation in the field of education and not only, also in the future", she said.

Mustafi: About 4010 students from Presevo, Bujanovci and Medveje will benefit

Ragmi Mustafi, chairman of the Albanian National Council of the Presheva Valley, has spoken about the project to provide books for the students of the Presheva Valley, for which the Government of Kosovo has allocated 255 thousand euros some time ago.

He said that about 5 thousand students benefit from free textbooks from this project.

"About 4,010 students of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvegja and their parents will benefit, over 4,000 families will be freed from the heavy socio-economic burden of providing school textbooks.

This is one of the big projects that we are implementing in the Presheva Valley... We believe that equality is achieved through reciprocity, and through equality unique standards of treatment of the rights of national minorities are established," he said./KP/Telegrafi/