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Borrell's appeal: Kosovo to suspend police operations in the North

Borrell's appeal: Kosovo to suspend police operations in the North

The head of the European Union's foreign policy, Josep Borrell, said on Tuesday that efforts have been made to organize a high-level meeting between Kosovo and Serbia, following recent developments in northern Kosovo.

He made these comments a day after violent unrest in northern Kosovo where groups of Serbian protesters clashed with NATO troops, leaving 30 soldiers injured.

"Violent acts against citizens, media, police and KFOR troops are absolutely unacceptable and create a very dangerous situation", said Mr. Borrel, underlining that the European Union strongly supports KFOR in fulfilling its mandate. his in the interest of peace and stability in Kosovo.

He said that he has talked with the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, and the Serbian President, Aleksandar Vučič, and has asked both sides to urgently take measures for the immediate and unconditional reduction of tensions. Any unilateral step should be avoided and calm should be restored, he said.

"As a first step, I expect the Kosovo authorities to suspend the police operation in the municipal buildings in the north of Kosovo and the violent protesters to withdraw", said Mr. Borrell.

The European Union, he said, expects the parties to act responsibly and immediately engage in talks facilitated by the bloc to find a lasting solution to the situation in the north, which guarantees security for all citizens and paves the way for implementation. of the agreement on the normalization of relations between them.

"I am working on organizing an emergency high-level political meeting within the framework of the dialogue ," said Mr. Borrell.

He said that EU member states have been informed of the developments and are discussing possible measures if the parties refuse to take steps towards enlargement. The parties, he said, are expected to help fruitful regional cooperation and security in Europe and overcome the legacies of the past.

"There has been too much violence, we have enough violence already in Europe today and we cannot afford another conflict. I hope that my voice will be heard and people will comply with the demands", said Mr. Borrell.

The European Union and the United States have stepped up efforts to help resolve the Kosovo-Serbia dispute, fearing further instability in Europe as Russia's war in Ukraine continues./VOA

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