Serbs in Orahovac sell their houses

ORAHOVAC – Serbs are increasingly leaving Orahovac in Kosovo-Metohija (KiM), with 15 Serb houses being sold in the upper part of the municipality in the past few days alone, and the Serbs there are very worried about it, according to the Frankfurt-based Serb Diaspora newspaper Vesti.

The houses are sold at prices ranging from EUR 5,000 to EUR 15,000 and if this continues, by the end of the year there will be none of the remaining 300 Serbs in the Serbian part of Orahovac left, the remaining Serbs warn.

They have appealed to the Serbian president and government to immediately take all necessary measures and come up with solutions for the remaining houses.

We stayed when it was the most difficult, and now they are forcing us to leave with the use of money, Serbs from Orahovac told Vesti.

Marjan Saric, former president of the Orahovac municipality, recalls that during the signing of the Brussels-based agreement on normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, there was a lot of talk about improving the position of the Serbs in KiM, and “a year away from the signing of the agreement, there has been no improvement in resolving everyday problems faced by people in KiM.”

Asked about which agreements have worked in Serbs’ favor, he said it should be borne in mind that the first of the 15 points in the Brussels agreement is forming the Community of Serb municipalities, and this has not been carried into effect at all.

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