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Serbs leave Kosovo govt, block road after expulsion of Belgrade official

  • Source:gkmen.com
  • Date:2018-04-02 03:29

Marko Djuric

Marko DjuricBennie Garza28 Марта, 2018, 03:46

Serb List, the ethnic Serbs party inKosovo'sparliament,saidit will leave the ruling coalition after the deportation of a senior Serbian government official late on Monday, questioning the future of the cabinet led byRamush Haradinaj.

The arrest was slammed by Belgrade, with Serbian presidentAleksandar Vucicdescribing it as a "brutal provocation" and a "criminal act".

On Monday, Kosovo police stormed the Mitrovacki Dvor venue in northern KosovskaMitrovica, arresting Djuric and later transporting him toPristina where he was taken before a misdemeanor judge and then "deported" to centralSerbia.

The developments came a day afterMarko Djuric, the head of the Serbian government office for Kosovo, was briefly detained in the divided town of Mitrovica because he entered the country without Kosovo's official approval.

Kosovo police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse Serb protesters in Mitrovica.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but Belgrade does not recognize the split and is seeking to maintain influence in Kosovo's north, where most of the country's Serb minority is located.

The agreement, which was created to give Kosovo Serbs greater autonomy, was never implemented.

"Albanian separatists tried yesterday to occupy Kosovo's North in a brutal way, using violence and terror",Marko Djuric said on Tuesday in Belgrade. But Djuric and another Serb official arrived in the Serb-part of Mitrovica later Monday.

On Friday, Serbia scrapped an worldwide women's handball match between that would have been the first between Serbia and Kosovo.

Serb officials must seek official clearance from Kosovo's authorities before any visit.

When he announced Serb List's withdrawal from the government, Rakic said Kosovo Serbs would go ahead, even withoutPristina's consent, with forming a union of those municipalities where Serbs are in the majority, as agreed in an EU-sponsored dialogue between Belgrade andPristinain 2013.

Serbia's culture minister, Vladan Vukosavljevic, said he was stopped just before noon at a border crossing between Serbia and Kosovo, according to Tanjug. "The European Union expects calm, wisdom, restraint and leadership to prevail", Mogherinisaid in a statementafter meeting Serbian PresidentAleksandar Vucic .

Brussels has made the normalisation of relations between Belgrade andPristina a condition of Serbian EU membership while Kosovo hopes for liberalisation of visa regulations for its citizens.

"This decision presents a. huge setback and it does not contribute to the overall situation", Vukosavljevic said.

"Whoever enters Kosovo illegally will get arrested!" he wrote.

While Russia supports Serbia's claims over its former province, the US and most Western states have recognized Kosovo's independence a decade ago.

  • Source:gkmen.com
  • Date:2018-04-02 03:29
Key Words:Kosovo,Kosovo's,said,Serb,Serbia
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