Kosovo: two young Serbians attacked, Belgrade protests

Interethnic tension remains, EU-facilitated talks stall

15 February, 15:42

    BELGRADE - Belgrade has firmly protested for the attack last night in Kosovo against two young Serbians. The incident, according to media reports, occurred in a village near Lipljan (center), where a teen and his friend, aged 16 and 17, were insulted and attacked by a man who spoke Albanian. The pair fled, followed by the man, until they reached the home of the young Serbian girl. The attacker tried to break into the house and police was alerted.
    The Serbian government office for Kosovo, in a statement, denounced the umpteenth episode of ethnically-motivated aggression against Serbians of Kosovo, stating that EU special envoy Miroslav Lajcak will be informed. The population of Kosovo of about 2 million is mainly constituted of ethnic Albanians of Muslim religion while Serbians, Orthodox Christians, are just over 100,000, mainly in northern Kosovo and in enclaves in the country.
    Serbia does not recognize the independence proclaimed by Pristina on February 17, 2008, and continues to consider Kosovo a part of its territory. A dialogue facilitated by the EU on the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, which started in 2011, has stalled due to the distance of respective positions.

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