Kosovo: Special forces operation possible in the North

Last July similar action resulted in clashes

12 April, 13:47

(ANSAmed) - BELGRADE/PRISTINA, 12 APRIL - A new special forces operation might be carried out in Northern Kosovo, like the one launched at the end of July last year, which resulted in clashes with the Serbian population in the north. Kosovo's Vice-President Hajredin Kuci stated, as reported by Belgrade's media. The aim of such force action, Kuci spcified, is to restore order and the rule of law in Northern Kosovo where a majority of the population is Serbian and some parallel government structures are still active (school, healthcare facilities, justice, public administration) and closely connected to Belgrade. Such structures are heavily criticized by Pristina's authorities wanting to extend state control over the entire territory of Kosovo. Serbia's Deputy Minister for Kosovo's Issues Oliver Ivanovic immediately responded to such criticisms labelling Kosovo's special forces' new operation in the north "a dangerous adventure", risking to provoke violent reactions by the Serbian population. Northern Kosovo, Ivanovic stated according to Beta, is a political problem and cannot solved with force. The police action would be "a dangerous adventure to be avoided", because, Ivanovic pointed out, "problems must be solved in a peaceful way and through dialogue''. Belgrade does not recognize Kosovo's independence and maintains that its structures in Northern Kosovo are not "parallel", they are the only structures in the region, the only capable of ruling the local Serbian community's everyday life.

On July 25th last year , the special forces operations carried out in order to gain control of two border posts in Northern Kosovo, at the border with Serbia, caused violent clashes with the local Serbian community. A police agent from Kosovo was killed and the Serbs built approximately twenty barricades and road blocks, which were nearly all dismantled after Pristine and Belgrade reached an understanding in dialogue. (ANSAmed)
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