Citing the Serbian presidential administration, local sources said that the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Saturday ordered the country's army to be on high alert after the special forces of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo were deployed in the vicinity of Lake Gazivoda near Belgrade-controlled Gazivoda hydroelectric power station.
According to the Tanjug news agency, the relevant order has been given to the chief of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces. About 60 members of the Kosovo Special Forces are currently present in the area, with some of them having entered the Center for Ecology and Development of Sports near the Gazivoda Lake in Kosovo's north.
According to sources, Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said the police were also put on high alert following the Albanian “attack” in the north of Kosovo and Metohija and the “arrests of Serbs,” who did not commit any crime.
Kosovo dismissed the claims of occupying the area and said there were no arrests, according to the local deputy police commander, Besim Hoti, as cited by Tanjug. He added that the forces were at Gazivoda for a “single visit.”
The control over the lake and its facilities has been a matter of dispute between Belgrade and Pristina for years. Gazivoda is the major drinking water supplier for several municipalities of the region and a local power station also uses the water from it.