Monday, October 25, 2021

Serbs unblock roads in Kosovo as NATO moves to end car plate row

JARINJE, Kosovo – Serbs removed used trucks and cars to block the border with Kosovo on Saturday as NATO troops signed an EU-arbitration agreement to end a dispute between neighboring countries over car license plates. transferred under.

When Kosovo introduced temporary license plates for all cars from Serbia, the Kosovo Special Police is expected to withdraw from across the border in the country’s north, nearly two weeks after Serbs blocked roads.

The Kosovo government said the move was in retaliation for Serbian measures taken against Kosovo drivers since 2008, when Kosovo declared independence from Serbia.

Serbia does not recognize Kosovo’s independence and therefore its right to take actions such as registering cars, and this month’s confrontation boiled down to violence.

However, with the mediation of EU special envoy Miroslav Lajcak, the two countries on Thursday reached an agreement to use stickers on license plates to cover state symbols and to allow NATO, which has about 3,000 in Kosovo. There are soldiers, to control this area.

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Local Serbs held talks on Saturday with Slovenian soldiers, who are part of the NATO force, as they removed barricades while Kosovo police vehicles were crossing the border.

His return deadline is 4 pm (1400 GMT).

Serbia, which lost control of Kosovo after the NATO bombing in 1999, does not recognize Kosovo’s independence and therefore has the right to take actions such as registering cars.

But as Serbia moves towards EU membership, it must resolve all outstanding issues with Kosovo. Both sides agreed to EU-mediated talks in 2013, but little progress has been made.

Kosovo’s independence was supported by Western countries, including the United States and Britain, but it is still not recognized by the five EU member states and its membership of the United Nations is blocked by Serbia’s traditional ally Russia.

by Fatos Bytic

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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