Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has said September’s EuroPride parade in Belgrade will not go ahead.
Mr Vucic’s announcement comes after thousands of people marched in protest against the event earlier this month.
The president said he was not happy with the decision, but that Serbia had to concentrate on other issues, including trouble in Kosovo.
The parade organisers have said the parade will go ahead anyway, with any ban “illegal”.
The international LGBT pride parade has been hosted in a different European city most years since 1992.
During a news conference, Mr Vucic said this year’s event – scheduled to take place between 12 and 18 September – would be “postponed or cancelled” because of “recent tensions with its former province Kosovo”, as well as issues around energy and food.
“Simply, at some point, you can’t handle everything,” he said. “In an another time, a happier one [the event could take place].”
In response, EuroPride 2022 organiser Marko Mihailovic said “the…
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