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The EU asks Kosovo to "immediately" reduce tensions

2023-05-30 07:41:00, Kosova & Bota CNA

The EU asks Kosovo to "immediately" reduce tensions

The European Union condemned the violence in Zveçan, a municipality with a Serb majority in the north of Kosovo, "in the strongest possible terms".

A day earlier there, groups of Serbian protesters opposing the installation of new Albanian presidents clashed with KFOR peacekeeping forces.

At least 25 soldiers were injured, as were dozens of protesters.

"The violent acts committed against KFOR troops, the media, civilians and the police are absolutely unacceptable," said the head of the EU's foreign policy, Josep Borrell.

Through a post on Twitter, he said that the EU asks the Kosovo authorities and the protesters to "immediately and unconditionally" reduce tensions.

"We expect the parties to act responsibly and immediately find a political solution through dialogue," said Borrell.

Tensions increased as early as May 26, when the Kosovo Police forcefully entered the Serbian-majority municipalities in the north: Zveçan, Zubin Potok and Leposaviq, to ??install the new Albanian mayors, emerging from the extraordinary elections in April.

In that day's clashes with Serbian protesters, at least five police officers were injured.

While the Government of Kosovo qualified the intervention of the police as constitutional, it provoked the reaction of the international community, which said that the use of force is unacceptable.

In response, the president of Serbia, Aleksandar Vu?i?, ordered the Serbian army to be placed on high combat readiness./ Rel

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