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Incidents in northern Kosovo. Discussions suspended. Eulex reacts

(BRUSSELS2) The incident near Gate 1, Kosovo's border crossing with Serbia, left around twenty people injured on Tuesday (September 27). 16 Kosovar demonstrators of Serbian origin (Kos), according to official terminology, were injured as well as 4 Kfor soldiers, including one seriously injured after the sending of incendiary objects (*), the discussions which were to be held, today in Brussels between Serbs and Kosovars were suspended.

The Serbian delegation did not want to participate

A suspension due to the Serbian delegation as confirmed by Robert Cooper, the senior European diplomat responsible for leading the negotiations. “ The Serbian delegation was not ready to participate in today's discussions. » « The situation at border crossings in northern Kosovo is not part of the dialogue, nor the subject of any separate negotiations with Serbia. he clarified. " At today's meeting, it was planned to discuss energy, telecommunications and Kosovo's participation in regional forums. The parties were also expected to discuss the application of previous agreements. » And added: “The dialogue will continue when the Serbian side is ready to re-engage. The aim of this process remains to discuss issues that aim to improve people's lives and bring parties closer to the EU »

Violence is not the right path, replies EULEX

After the incidents, the European mission 'EULEX' responsible for ensuring the “rule of law” in Kosovo reacted: strongly condemning the violence” and calling “everyone to exercise restraint and act responsibly ". " Once again EULEX must emphasize that violence is not the way forward. It is important that people remain calm, exercise restraint and act responsibly. » The EU – need we specify « supports Eulex's action aimed at removing barricades that restrict freedom of movement ».

(*) The demonstrators opposed the dismantling of a wild barrier set up a few meters from the border post “Gate 1 in Jarinje.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).