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[In Pristina and Mitrovica] With EULEX and Kosovars. Photo documentary

(B2 in Pristina and Mitrovica) For a week, I was in Kosovo both for a report on the European mission for the rule of law (EULEX Kosovo), but also to take the pulse of the country at election time legislative

B2 in Kosovo

On February 14, 2021, the anti-corruption party Vetëvendosje won the elections in Kosovo, with 49% of the vote
In the streets of downtown Pristina, Albanian flags (the "national" flag of Kosovo) were numerous and sometimes accompanied by American flags. Few supporters with European flags in sight...
Meeting with the Formed police unit (FPU), in Mitrovica. The 95 Polish police officers who make it up live, eat, sleep and train on their compound, on the border with the northern region of the country.
Passing through Mitrovica, B2 went to the bridge of discord linking the south and the north of Kosovo. Crossing it is now normal...
However, on both sides of the bridge are always present the Italian Carabinieri of KFOR, the NATO force in Kosovo, responsible for ensuring security on the bridge. Barriers and studs to prevent the passage of cars have also been installed.
In North Mitrovica, in the Muslim cemetery, EULEX participated, with the Institute of Forensic Medicine with which it is associated, in finding the graves and mass graves of people who disappeared during the war. To date, at least 1640 people remain to be found.
Back further south, in Gračanica, a Serb-majority commune near Pristina, the capital, the sense of Serbian identity is once again everywhere.
In Pristina, B2 stops at the cafe. This one is happy to pay taxes.
Hashim Thaci and Kadri Veseli pose for the Kosovo Liberation Army (UČK) campaign. It reads: “Heroes of War and Peace”. Here, visible from a large avenue in the center of Pristina.
Hashim Thaci, former president of Kosovo, prominent UČK member, poses next to a statue of Mother Teresa, in downtown Pristina
Our report ends on February 17, the day of independence in Kosovo. For the occasion, the flags of Kosovo are out in the streets of Pristina. Albanian flags (the "national" flag of Kosovo) are becoming a little rarer.
Every year, for the anniversary of the declaration of independence, the NEWBORN monument is redecorated. This year, it's with handprints, in the colors of trellis.

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