Former president of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Kosovo, and member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Hivzi Islami, has been banned from entering Serbia at the border crossings of Mucibabe/Buhiq.
Islami was travelling to Presheva to visit his relatives. Other family members who were travelling with him were allowed to cross the border, whereas he was barred from entering by the Serbian border police. Islami has travelled to Presheva and Bujanoc frequently and this is the first time he was stopped at the border with Serbia. Kosovo academic was born in Letovice of Bujanoc, and his close family members still live in Letovice, Bujanoc and Presheva.
Banning of Kosovo academic from entering Serbia, came amidst debate on exchange of territories and after the public statements of Kosovo President Hashim Thaci who said that Presheva should join Kosovo as part of an initiative on correction of borders with Serbia.