Dečani, 3 September 2008 – The Dečani municipal chief says ten Serbs were assaulted by ethnic Albanians today.

The Serbs, Zoran Barović explained, were in this Kosovo enclave as members of a working group for the return of the Serbs driven out of their homes.

Barović told KiM Radio that a group of local Albanians attacked them physically and verbally, shouting offenses and telling them “you are not welcome here, there can’t be any good days for you here”.

The incident took place in front of the town hall. The working group members were told that they can return to Kosovo “only if they recognize the state of Kosovo”, while should they represent Serbia, “they are not welcome in Dečani”.

Kosovo police, KPS, intervened to escort the Serbs to their vehicles and to Peć, in the western part of the province.

In Peć, however, local KPS spokesman Avni Davukaj denied there was any physical assault on the Serbs, and said, “it’s possible verbal conflict took place between them”.

Source: FoNet/B92