Kosovo’s prime minister has accused Serbia of trying to “provoke a serious international conflict” after an attack on car registration offices near the border.
Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti has accused Serbia of trying to “provoke a serious international conflict” after attacking the registration office of two cars near their border.
Early Saturday morning, tensions rose on the sixth day of ethnic Serb protests against an ethnic Albanian-led government that required temporary license plates for drivers with Serbian license plates as they entered Kosovo.
The Prime Minister noted that the registry office burned down in the small town of Zubin Potok, and the other was damaged in the ve vekan, although there were no casualties.
Interior Minister Khelal Svekla wrote on Facebook that the burning of the car registration office in Zubin Potok was carried out by “suspects in criminal acts with terrorist elements.”
Kosovo ethnic Serbs have closed the Kosovo-Serbia border by truck since Monday, angry that Kosovo has sent special police to comply with Serbia, which is raising tensions in the Balkans.
Kosovo now removes license plates for cars entering the country from Serbia, as Serbia does with Kosovo license plates. They both force drivers to buy temporary license plates.
Serbia does not recognize its former state of Kosovo as a separate nation; it views their mutual border only as a temporary border.
Serbia has increased its military presence in the vicinity of Kosovo. State-run RTS television reported on Saturday that Serbian warplanes had flown into the border area twice a day, sparking outrage among Serbs protesting.
Serbian army helicopters also flew over the area on Friday, Al aze Azira correspondent Boris Gagic reported.
“Individuals and groups whose activities threaten the rule of law, public order, attack our state, disrupt our peace,” Kurti wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday.
“Serbia encourages them, clearly supports them,” he added. “Serbia is abusing Kosovo citizens to provoke a serious international conflict.”
Serbian President Aleksandar Vuիչըiիչը described the latest move by Kosovo as a “criminal act”.
However, after Saturday’s incidents, the Kosovo government refused to withdraw the special police.
“These crimes best illustrate what would have happened to the Arin Arinj և Bnjak border crossings if special forces had not been sent there to ensure public order and security,” Interior Minister Svekla wrote on Facebook.
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Kosovo President Vyosa Osmani has called on the world “not to ignore what is (apparently) the Russian-Serbian tendency to harm the European Union, NATO”, raising tensions in the Balkans.
“It is time for the international community, first and foremost the EU and NATO member states, to see such a threat, to prevent the Vuիչիiիչի regime from achieving its goal of creating a ‘Serbian world,'” he wrote on Facebook. York at the UN General Assembly.
1998-1999 Bloody crackdown by Serb forces on Kosovo Albanian separatists ended after NATO intervention և Kosovo declared independence in 2008.
It has been recognized by other US countries, but not by Serbia Ռուսաստանի allies Ռուսաստանի Russia և China.
Thousands of NATO-led peacekeepers, including US troops, are still stationed in Kosovo trying to contain ethnic tensions between Kosovo’s majority “Kosovo Serb minority”.