NATO’s KFOR rejects Serbian request for army presence in Kosovo –


KFOR, the NATO-led worldwide peacekeeping power in Kosovo, has rejected Serbia’s request to return Serbian safety forces to the nation’s north following rising tensions during the last month.

The request to ship in 1,000 army and safety forces was made by Serbian President Aleksander Vucic on 16 December 2022, and he introduced the information of the refusal on Sunday.

“It appears to me that all of us knew and anticipated that reply. They’ve answered, after all, that they consider there isn’t a must return the Serbian Military and the Armed Forces of the Republic of Serbia, referring to Decision 1244.”

He added that KFOR stated their function within the area is adequate and didn’t present a particular level of refusal as reminiscent of factor doesn’t exist within the authorized framework.

The state of affairs within the north of Kosovo has deteriorated within the final month over the deliberate ban on Serbia-issued license plates, the mass resignation of ethnic Serbs from Kosovo establishments, deliberate however then postponed elections to exchange them, and the arrest of a Serb policeman over allegations he attacked central electoral fee premises. He was since put below home arrest, considerably lowering tensions.

On 29 December, following the intervention of key worldwide stakeholders, Serbs began eradicating the blockades, and a few of the border crossings closed by the motion reopened. The final barricades had been eliminated by KFOR final week.

In the meantime, on Sunday, ethnic Serbs protested in Shterpce, a Serb-majority a part of Kosovo. The protest occurred in entrance of the Home of Tradition and noticed the closure of the Shterpce-Prevale regional street.

The demonstration was a response to an assault on two minors within the village of Drajkovc, reportedly by Kosovo Albanians. They had been reportedly shot by two suspects from a transferring automobile. Police have apprehended one particular person, and the wounded youths had been handled in hospital however usually are not in vital situation.

The US Ambassador to Kosovo, Jeff Hovenier, condemned the assault and congratulated the authorities for performing rapidly and arresting a suspect.

“The EU strongly condemns the damage of a kid and a younger man in Kosovo yesterday,” commented EU spokesperson Peter Stano.

Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti additionally commented on the incident, writing on Twitter that “I unequivocally condemn the assault on two Kosova residents at present in Shtërpcë. A suspect has been arrested & can be dealt w/ promptly & pretty by our justice system. I commend Kosova Police for its fast motion & full engagement in guaranteeing the security of all, w/o discrimination.”

Tensions additionally simmered throughout the border in Serbia when a bus carrying Kosovar passengers from Peja to Germany through Serbia was attacked. In accordance with witnesses and photographs from the scene, the bus was pelted with stones and exhausting objects, smashing a number of home windows. There have been no accidents reported.

(Alice Taylor |

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