Serbian news outlets are reporting that Serbs in northern Kosovo and Metohija are planning to form the long-promised Community of Serbian Municipalities (CSM). Serb leaders in the area are preparing to hold a large Assembly of the Serbian people of Kosovo and Metohija to proclaim the formation of the CSM and establish its institutions.
“The plan is to start forming the Community of Serbian Municipalities and its bodies soon, and Dragiša Milović, a respected doctor and former president of the municipality of Zvečan, would be proposed as the first president of the CSM,” revealed a source close to the situation. The headquarters of CSM would be in Kosovska Mitrovica.
The source explained that recent events, including the occupation of Serb cities by prime minister Albin Kurti’s paramilitary forces, led to this decision. The increase in violence against Serbs living in the autonomous province, including attacks on women and children, and the illegal detention of Serbs by Prishtina’s forces have left the Serbs of northern Kosovo and Metohija with no choice but to take matters into their own hands.
“The Brussels Agreement was signed more than 10 years ago. The Community of Serbian Municipalities has not been formed for more than 3,700 days, and after everything we have endured in recent days, it is clear that no one really wants it: neither the authorities in Prishtina nor the international community. That is why we will take matters into your own hands,” the anonymous source explained.