Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Kosovo Serbs begin dismantling road blockades as escalation continues

Serbs in northern Kosovo have begun dismantling roadblocks set up amid increased tensions over two border crossings between Serbia and Kosovo.

Last month Kosovo's mainly ethnic Albanian government sent paramilitary police to seize the two crossings.

After a two-week stand-off with Nato-led peacekeepers, a deal has now been reached to allow Nato to control the border crossings.

The dispute was caused by a trade ban between Serbia and Kosovo.

The government in Pristina had sent security forces to the crossing points at Jarinje and Brnjak to enforce a ban on Serbian imports, to which Serbs responded by blocking roads.

An ethnic Albanian policeman was killed and four people were injured in clashes with Serbian nationalists. (more)