The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, visited Patriarch Porfirije of Serbia with whom they discussed the situation in Kosovo.
The reason for this visit was the Serbian Patriarch’s ban on entry into Kosovo. It is noted that yesterday, Monday, the border authorities, at the “Merdare” crossing, did not allow the head of the Orthodox Church of Serbia to enter Kosovo based on a relative ban issued by the government in Pristina.
Commenting on the event, Patriarch Porfirije said: “I will simply say that the Patriarchate of Peć in Kosovo (it is the official seat of the Patriarchate of Serbia) is for our people, for our Church what the Vatican is for Roman Catholic Church.
So imagine what would happen if someone for no reason and with some kind of comical explanation, just because he wants to, banned the Pope from entering the Vatican.”
The president of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, called the ban on the Patriarch’s entry into Kosovo a “shame” that weighs not only on Pristina but also on the international actor that did not react.
Regarding the tension prevailing in Kosovo, Patriarch Porfirije appealed to everyone to show prudence in order to avoid armed conflict.
“We must do everything to preserve peace at all costs, I personally asked the president, as well as the entire government to do everything to preserve peace, God grant that there will be no armed conflicts because they will not do no one any good,” said the Patriarch of Serbia after his meeting with Aleksandar Vucic.
At the same time, Patriarch Porfirije of Serbia called on Pristina and the world’s superpowers to help maintain peace, pointing out that “the protection of human life is the highest interest above all other interests”.