Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tensions on the border between Serbia and Kosovo

The UN Security Council has accepted the request of the Government of Serbia for an urgent meeting to discuss the escalation that there is a few days in northern Kosovo, where it is concentrated in the remaining Serb minority in the province after the war 1999 and the unilateral declaration of independence in 2008.

The Reuters news agency reports that London and Washington would have preferred to wait for the quarterly meeting already scheduled, but the pressure from Moscow, a historic ally of Belgrade, have obtained an immediate meeting, but behind closed doors. The decision of the Security Council is circulating a sign of concern that the international community to the increased tension between the Kosovo Albanian government-led by Hashim Thaci, former leader of the KLA, the armed group that in 1999 led the guerrilla war against the Government of Serbia of Slobodan Milosevic, obtaining the support of NATO.

The same concern is palpable in the appeal launched by Catherine Ashton, leader of the External Service of the European Union, which appealed to both Pristina and Belgrade so that they will "immediately" do everything to lower the tension. "Violence will not be tolerated and the unilateral actions are not the way forward - added Ashton - It 'important that the two parties to return to dialogue." With "unilateral acts" Ashton refers to the decision taken by Prime Minister Thaci of Kosovo three days ago to send the police to Kosovo's border crossings with Serbia in the north, where Serb communities live protected by NATO troops in the K-For.

The Serbs responded by blocking the police and burning down the checkpoint - the last one last night. On the night of July 26, also a policeman was killed during the Kosovo riots with the Serbs. In front of the Serb reaction to criticism, and arrived fairly well by the K-For, Thaci has reverse and the police withdrew from Pristina to consider the state line.

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