France ‘involved’ by assaults in Kosovo –


France strongly condemned the assaults on EU regulation enforcement officers in northern Kosovo over the weekend and expressed concern over rising tensions within the nation, a International Ministry spokeswoman mentioned on Monday.

The EULEX mission, the EU regulation enforcement companies deployed in Kosovo’s northern area, mentioned it had been attacked with grenades however no accidents had been reported. In a press release by the International Ministry spokeswoman printed on Monday, France mentioned it “strongly condemns the unacceptable assault” on the EU mission “in addition to all acts of violence on the bottom.”

Tensions have risen in northern Kosovo after assaults on native police, street blockades, gunfire and explosions. Native elections have been postponed and the Serbian president mentioned he’ll ask NATO for permission to ship in 1000 Serb troops and police.

The French International Ministry spokeswoman “strongly calls on the events to train the utmost restraint and duty as a way to cut back tensions.” The phrases used are roughly the identical as these utilized by the US the day earlier than, as quoted by EURACTIV’s accomplice,

France is asking for progress “in the direction of a complete settlement” between Serbia and Kosovo, which should undergo the continued European mediation. French diplomacy invited “each events to re-engage in dialogue,” after deploring, on 21 November, “the absence of an settlement between Serbia and Kosovo.”

On the identical event, France referred to as for the avoidance of any escalation of tensions and “urged each events, particularly Kosovo, to just accept the compromise proposal formulated by the European Union,” which didn’t occur afterwards.

(Davide Basso |

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