Sunday, September 26, 2021

Kosovo gov’t offices targeted as tensions soar with Serbia | Al Jazeera

Prime Minister Albin Kurti of Kosovo has accused neighbouring Serbia of trying to “provoke a serious international conflict” after two vehicle registration offices near their border were attacked.



The increase in tension early on Saturday occurred on the sixth day of ethnic Serb protests against the ethnic Albanian-led government’s decision to require drivers with Serbian registration plates to put on temporary ones when entering Kosovo.

A registration office was torched in the small town of Zubin Potok and another damaged in Zvecan, though there were no casualties, the prime minister said.

Interior Minister Xhelal Svecla wrote on Facebook the blaze that burned down the vehicle registration office in Zubin Potok was done “by suspects in a criminal act with terrorist elements”.

Ethnic Kosovo Serbs have blocked the Kosovo-Serbia border with trucks since Monday, angry that Kosovo sent in special police to match Serbia in a number plate move that heightens tensions in the Balkans.

Kosovo now removes number plates from cars entering the country from Serbia, as Serbia does with Kosovo plates. They both force drivers to buy temporary plates.

Serbia does not recognise its former province of Kosovo as a separate nation and considers their mutual border only as a temporary boundary.

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 El gobierno kosovar retirar las matrículas de los coches que entran en el país desde Serbia. Respuesta a la misma práctica que hace Serbia con las matrículas de Kosovo. Los serbios de etnia kosovar bloquean la frontera provisional cruzando camiones.

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