New mosque construction is being discussed in Kosovo

After years of delay, the assembly of the capital of Kosovo looks set to give the go-ahead to the construction of a new 'Central Mosque' - despite the objections of civil society groups.

New mosque construction is being discussed in Kosovo

World Bulletin / News Desk

A key item on the agenda of the city council in Pristina, Kosovo, on July 25 is the future of the city's long-planned central mosque, Miranda Mullafazliu, the spokesperson for the municipality, told BIRN.

The Islamic Community of Kosovo, BIK, together with former senior state officials, placed the cornerstone of the Central Mosque back in 2012 in the city's Dardania district.

It was laid when Pristina was governed by Mayor Isa Mustafa, who is now the Prime Minister.

According to the BIK, it has taken a long time since 2012 to receive and review the applications for the project - and select the winning one.

“At that time, in 2012, we did not yet have a project. After the municipality donated the site, we had to work on the project to fit the location. This process all took a very long time,” Ahmet Sadriu, the spokesperson of the BIK, told BIRN.

Sadriu said that all the delays were caused by various procedures until they finally decided which project they wished to implement.

“But around six months have passed since we submitted the complete documentation to the municipality,” Sadriu added.

The municipality had also set up a committee, which had issued observations of its own, he remarked.

BIRN could find no more more details from municipality about the delays affecting the project by the time of publication.

However, a number of political parties and civil society groups are still opposed to the new mosque, declaring it out of harmony with the surrounding area.

 

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