Kosovo will boycott the pro-Serb Nobel Prize ceremony

The Kosovar Minister for Foreign Affairs has justified such a decision in the past "controversial" laureate of the Swedish Academy, "Friend and support" former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic.

Through Le Figaro and AFP agency

Peter Handke at a press conference at the Swedish Academy on December 6, 2019.
Peter Handke at a press conference at the Swedish Academy on December 6, 2019. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP

The last Nobel of literature could have been called that of discord. Kosovo will boycott the award ceremony with Austrian writer Peter Handke in protest at his pro-Serb positions during the wars in the former Yugoslavia, the Kosovo foreign minister said on Saturday.

"Kosovo will not attend this year's Nobel ceremony in Stockholm", December 10, said Behgjet Pacolli on Facebook, stating that Kosovo's ambassador to Sweden "Boycott the event". Such a decision can be explained by the past Controversial Nobel Prize winner Peter Handke, a friend and supporter (of former Serbian strongman Slobodan) MilosevicAdded the minister.

Witness in court

The awarding of the Nobel Prize for Literature to Peter Handke caused a lot of anger in Kosovo, where he is generally perceived as an admirer of Slobodan Milosevic. The 76-year-old Austrian writer in 1999 condemned Western bombings of Serbia in 1999 to force Slobodan Milosevic, a strong man in Belgrade, to relax the grip of his troops on Kosovo's Albanian majority during this period. .

He also visited Milosevic's hometown of Pozarevac in 2006 for the funeral of the former Serbian leader. He died before hearing his verdict for war crimes before international justice. Slobodan Milosevic wanted Peter Handke to testify in his favor before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

The NATO bombings forced Slobodan Milosevic to withdraw his troops from Kosovo, paving the way for Pristina's independence in 2008.

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