Kosovo closes two border crossings to Serbia

On Sunday night, a whole lot of Serbs reportedly parked vans, tankers and different heavy transport automobiles and blocked the roads in the direction of the border checkpoints in Jarinje and Brnjak in northern Kosovo, in response to an AFP correspondent.

During the protests, pictures are stated to have been fired on the police, however nobody was injured within the incident, in response to data from the police in Kosovo.

Rules have an effect on Serbs

Kosovo declared independence in 2008, however Serbia has not accepted the breakaway. In the Serb-dominated northern a part of Kosovo, resistance is powerful and plenty of are nonetheless politically loyal to Serbia.

The unrest on the border has intensified following new guidelines, which have an effect on the 50,000 or so Serbs dwelling in northern Kosovo. According to the Kosovo authorities, individuals getting into Kosovo with Serbian id paperwork should substitute them with a momentary doc throughout their keep within the nation as of August 1. Serbs driving automobiles with Serbian-issued license plates have additionally been given two months to exchange them with Kosovo license plates.

Peacekeeping drive in place

Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti stated on Sunday that it’s a reciprocal measure as Serbia has comparable guidelines for these touring from Kosovo to Serbia. Similar protests on the border erupted final September.

NATO’s worldwide peacekeeping drive KFOR writes in a press launch, printed on Twitter, that the scenario is tense and that they’re following developments intently and “are ready to intervene if stability is endangered in northern Kosovo”.

More than 100 international locations, together with the USA, Sweden and most international locations throughout the EU, have acknowledged Kosovo as an impartial state.

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