The United States and the United Kingdom have issued statements regarding the armed attack in Banjska, Zvecan, where a Kosovo police officer was killed, and three members of the armed group were neutralized. What did the U.S. and the UK, two of Kosovo’s closest allies, say?
Both the United States and the United Kingdom have taken a unified stance on the matter of Milan Radojicic, former deputy head of the Serbian List, who admitted to organizing and leading the attack in Banjska on September 23, 2023.
James O’Brien, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, addressed the armed attack in Banjska, urging Serbia to hold those involved accountable for the incident in Kosovo. O’Brien emphasized strong U.S. support for the dialogue facilitated by the EU, with a focus on the full implementation of agreements. He also highlighted the importance of conducting new local elections in northern Kosovo before implementing new currency regulations. O’Brien concluded by stating that the Republic of Serbia should be held responsible for those involved in the Banjska Terrorist attack.
Last week, Nicholas Abbott, the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Kosovo, also spoke on this issue during a farewell meeting with Xhelal Svecla, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Republic of Kosova. In a social media post, Abbott mentioned that the meeting discussed the Banjska attack and expressed the UK’s support for Kosovo’s investigation.
Abbott further called for the perpetrators to face justice, stating, “During the farewell meeting with Minister Xhelal Svecla, we discussed strong cooperation between the United Kingdom and Kosovo on various security issues, including the impact of the Banjska Terrorist attack. The United Kingdom supports Kosovo’s efforts to investigate the attack and calls for the perpetrators to face justice.”
It is worth noting that the European Parliament had strongly condemned the armed attack on the Kosovo Police in Banjska earlier. In a resolution, the European Parliament called for the responsible individuals residing in Serbia to be extradited to Kosovo for trial.
“Serbia is expected to fully cooperate with the investigations and bring those responsible for the attack, currently residing in Serbia, to justice in accordance with the law and consider their extradition to Kosovo,” stated the European Parliament’s resolution.
Despite these calls, Radojicic continues to live freely in Serbia, reportedly in a luxurious neighborhood in Belgrade called “Dedinje,” where former dictators Tito and Slobodan Milosevic once resided along with Alexander Vucic.