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The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church and President Tomislav Nikolic have urged international organisations in Kosovo to do more to guard Serbian religious sites and protect the Serbian community there.
The Serbian President, Tomislav Nikolic, and Patriarch Irinej, head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, have agreed that international organizations in Kosovo are obliged to protect the Serbian people and religious sites in what Serbia still terms its "southern province".
In their second meeting this week, the two agreed also on the need for unity among Serbs on such an issue of national interest, a statement from the Serbian Presidency said.
This was the fifth time that Nikolic met the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church since he became President in May. The purpose of the summits is to seek the Church's support for government policy on Kosovo.
The Serbian Orthodox Church has long protested against Kosovo's independence, proclaimed in 2008, calling Kosovo "Serbia's Jerusalem".
Nikolic and Patriarch Irinej expressed especial concern about the Serbian Church in Kosovo in the light of recent events related to the historic Visoki Decani monastery.
On February 8, local Albanians living near this medieval Serbian shrine protested against a decision of the Kosovo Supreme Court that confirmed the UNESCO-protected monastery's right to 23 hectares of land.
The meeting of the heads of Church and state comes after Serbia in January adopted a resolution on Kosovo.
The resolution said that while Serbia will never recognize Kosovo's independence, EU-led talks with Kosovo on "normalising" relations should continue.
The resolution was adopted along with a "platform", which demands a high level of territorial and political autonomy for Serbian municipalities throughout Kosovo.
The meeting comes a week after the Serbian President met his Kosovo counterpart, Atifete Jahjaga, in Brussels.
Four political parties aspiring to form the new government in Kosovo have handed management of the crucial EU-led talks with Serbia to the nationalistic Levizja Vetevendosja party - well known for its opposition to the dialogue.
Kosovo’s representatives in talks with Serbia do not have the mandate to reach agreements because Pristina still has no government three months after national elections, analysts say.
The EU rule-of-law mission wants to arrest a Serb mayor and former mayor – a move that could further heighten tensions in the north of Kosovo.
A Kosovo Albanian has been killed and two others were wounded in the forests in Kosovo, allegedly by a person in a Serbian army uniform.
At Friday's UN session on Kosovo, the formation of a special court to try war crimes committed by Kosovo Albanian fighters in the 1990s will be on the agenda.
Several hundred Kosovo Albanians protesting about missing persons from the conflict of the 1990s prevented a busload of Serbs from attending a church service in western Kosovo.
Serbian Interior Minister says he is sending fresh police officers to the Kosovo border following the death of an officer who was shot near the border, allegedly by illegal loggers.
Kosovo's Deputy Prime Minister has predicted that joint border controls with Serbia, in line with the agreement on Integrated Border Management, will soon be up and running.
Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic will go on trial on August 26 for war crimes during the Kosovo conflict as well as committing murder during clashes that erupted afterwards.
EU-led talks on the controversial 'Peace Park erected in the divided northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica have ended with widely differing versions of what was agreed in Brussels.
Brussels agreement has left Serbs in north Kosovo uncertain about what the future holds - and whether they should remain at all.