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Kosovo Declares Nobel Laureate Handke Unwelcome

Kosovo Declares Nobel Laureate Handke Unwelcome

PRISTINA, KOSOVO - Kosovo declared Peter Handke persona non grata Wednesday in the latest protest against his induction as a Nobel literature laureate, barring the Austrian writer from a place he has visited numerous times.

 The Swedish Academy's pick for the 2019 prize, which Handke received Tuesday, offended many in the Balkans who see him as an apologist for Serb war crimes during the conflicts that fractured the former Yugoslavia.

 One Nobel committee member resigned over the choice, while the ceremony was boycotted by representatives of the embassies of Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Turkey.

 "Today I have decided to declare Peter Handke as not welcome in Kosovo. He is a non grata person from today. Denying crimes and supporting criminals is a terrible crime," Kosovo's Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli wrote on Facebook.

 

Aliqismet BADALOV,
“Khalq qazetİ”

12 December 2019 10:05 - Economy
Economy

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