Cakaj: Albanians in the Presevo Valley are being purged from the Civil Registry

The acting Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania, Gent Cakaj has reacted to the discriminatory policy that Serbia is pursuing towards the Albanians of the Presevo Valley by purging  4,000 Albanians from the Civil Registry in the municipality of Medvegja in southern Serbia.

Cakaj called on the relevant international institutions, in particular the Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention for the Protection of Minorities of the Council of Europe and the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, to follow this process with increased attention.

He required these institutions to act for preventing this process with long-term political, social and institutional consequences for all Albanians living in Serbia.

Minister Cakaj has also influenced the unification of the political factor in Presevo by increasing the representation with councilors in parliament and MPs in Belgrade.

Cakaj has helped in reaching an agreement on the co-government of Bujanovac municipality by Albanian parties.

The Albanian National Council has also contributed to the free distribution of textbooks to Albanian students in the Presevo Valley, donating about 20,000 books.

4,000 Albanian students have benefited from this distribution campaign, while the Albanian government is waiting for a positive response concerning the opening of the consulate in Bujanovac, in order to further strengthen ties with the Presevo Valley.

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