The Minister of Culture, Hajrulla Çeku, announced on Wednesday that the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, wrote a letter to the Abbot of the Visoki Deçani Monastery, Sava Janjic, expressing his readiness to visit the medieval monastery in the coming days.
Ceku said they are awaiting a response from Abat Janjic regarding the visit, and vowed that the Kosovo Government is interested in protecting cultural heritage, especially Orthodox churches and monasteries. Ceku also attached the letter when Prime Minister Kurti expressed his desire to visit Visoki Deçani Monastery in the near future to discuss issues of common interest.
“As the Prime Minister of Kosovo, I will protect all our monuments, and especially the Orthodox churches and monasteries. All the assets of the rich cultural heritage of Kosovo without exception are a source of pride, identity and education for our state and people. Kosovo institutions have taken countless actions to protect the cultural rights of non-majority communities. “We want to continue working smoothly so that all our citizens can enjoy our common cultural assets with universal values unhindered,” Kurti wrote in his letter.
Albin Kurti’s move comes after a letter was sent by Kosovo’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Donika Gervalla-Schwartz and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Hajrulla Ceku to the Executive President of Europa Nostra, because last month the organization added medieval orthodox monastery Visoki Dečani in the list of threatened places in Europe. /ibna