Serbian President was received with stones to visit two monasteries in Kosovo
Hundredsof Albaniansprotested violentlyFridayagainst the visit ofSerbian PresidentBorisTadic, two monasteries inKosovo. Followers of thethird largest partyin the Parliament ofKosovo, "Vetevendosje" (Self Determination) for hoursblockedaccess tothe monasteries ofDecaniand Pecin thewest.
Witnessestold thatangrypeoplethrewstones at aconvoy.With a delay ofhours, the policeand military mighteventually allowthe president's tripfrom Belgrade toDecani, where Tadicwants tocelebrate theOrthodox Christmas.
Kosovopolice units, led by Albanians,and associations ofthe EUmissioninKosovo (EULEX) and the internationalKFORtroopshad takenposition in the twomonasteriesto avoid confrontations.
Officials saidthe protesterswere kept awaywith pepper spray.Kosovo's government, dominated by Albanians, had allowed Tadic's journey under thecondition that they notmake political statementsand attendonlyas a believer.In past years, Tadic did not observesimilar conditions.
Kosovo, inhabited almostonly byAlbanianssecededfrom Serbiafour years ago.WhileEurope's youngestnationis recognized bynearly 80percent of countries, Belgrade wants to regainKosovo.
In the Middle Ages, Kosovo was part of theSerbian kingdom. Kosovotodaylive injustten percentof Serbs.Someof the monasteries ofDecaniand Pecalmost noSerbslive. WhileSerbs inDecanimonks25praisedthe visit ofTadic,who considereda sign of support, Albanians saw it as aprovocation.