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The representatives of the Valley request inclusion in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue

It has been 32 years since the Albanians of the Presheva Valley held a referendum on union with Kosovo. On this anniversary, political representatives of the Valley complain that their discrimination by the Serbian state continues even today. And they ask the Government in Kosovo to insist on including their issue in the Brussels dialogue

When it has been 32 years since the referendum of March 1 and 2, 1992, which determined Political and Territorial Autonomy with the right to join Kosovo, the Albanians of the Presheva Valley complain that their situation has not changed since then. .

Political representatives of Albanians in the Valley said on Saturday that although the referendum was held to end their discrimination by the state of Serbia, the violation of rights continues today.

Ragmi Mustafa, chairman of the Albanian Democratic Party in Preševo, expresses surprise at the lack of a reaction from the international factor for the Serbian repression against them.

"There is not even the slightest change in the situation of the Albanians in these three municipalities, because the Serbian Government, never before, and not even today, is interested in solving the problems of the Albanians in terms of the use of the Albanian language and writing, especially of using the national symbol", said Mustafa.

He demands that the Government of Kosovo be persistent in including the issue of the Albanians of the Valley in the Brussels dialogue.

"We expect that the Government will eventually redesign the agenda of the negotiations in Brussels, insisting, with great insistence, that at this negotiating table, it is not necessary that the political actors of the Preševo ​​Valley be part of the table, but we pass we have also passed it on to the authorities of official Pristina", said Mustafa.

And the mayor of Presheva, Albaniam Arifi, expressed his disappointment with the Government of Kosovo regarding this issue.

"The government should include in its view the reciprocity that it has promised for years and in the end betrayed us. The Albanians of the Presheva Valley feel betrayed by the Government of Kosovo since the Ohrid agreement. In this context, today we celebrate the day of the holding of the referendum three decades ago, lonely and forgotten by Prishtina", said Arifi.

Albanians in the Valley, even three decades after the referendum, are the most discriminated minority in Serbia and unequal to the Serbs in social and developmental aspects such as employment, health and security.