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Calm in the north of Kosovo after Friday’s riots



Local elections in the north of Kosovo took place at the end of April, mostly without the participation of the Serbian community

After the riots that broke out in the north of Kosovo on Friday, it is calm there today, according to the Kosovo police. There are no more roadblocks, traffic flows normally even across the border crossings in the area.

Conflict between the Serbian residents and the Kosovo police broke out when this one helped new mayors, ethnic Albanians, to take positions in municipal buildings.

Serbian residents tried to prevent the mayors from entering the municipal buildings in Zubin Potok, Leposavić and Immortal. Clashes broke out between the two sides, the police used tear gas and stun grenades, several people were injured.

Kosovo police remain present in the area. It states that five policemen, three vehicles were injured EulexEU civilian missions, were damaged and one was set on fire, reports the Serbian news agency Tanjug.

Because of Friday’s events, he is the Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic raised the readiness level of the Serbian army to the highest level and ordered the movement of troops towards the border with Kosovo.

In response, the European Union condemned the clashes that led to the attempt by the newly elected mayors to enter the municipal buildings. Spokesman of the High Foreign Policy Representative Peter Stano in the statement he also regretted the attacks on the patrols Eulexwho must fulfill his mandate in peace.

“Everyone must take steps to calm the tense situation and restore peace. The EU will not accept any further unilateral or provocative actions, and maintaining peace and security on the ground must be a priority,” he also announced. He also recalled the EU’s position that the recent elections do not provide a long-term political solution for the local municipalities.

Local elections in four municipalities in the north of Kosovo took place at the end of April, mostly without the participation of the Serbian community, which boycotted the elections. Movement Self-determination of the Prime Minister of Kosovo Albina Kurti declared victory in the municipalities Leposavić and North Mitrovica, while in Zvecan and To my teeth Potok was won by candidates of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, all ethnic Albanians.

Source: Rtvslo

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