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Calls for calm after Kosovo's worst violence for three years

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UN police and Kosovo Albanian leaders have been trying to defuse a potentially explosive situation in the province after violent protests on Saturday in which two people died. But tensions remained high as police arrived at the offices of the Kosovo Self-Determination Movement, the organisers of the demonstration.

“We refused to allow them to search our premises without a warrant. We were barricaded for some 20 minutes inside our office and during that time they arrested three of our activists outside and then left” said one activist to reporters.

The ethnic Albanians were protesting against a UN draft plan for Kosovan self-rule. They are angry the plan falls short of demanding full independence. Police used rubber bullets and tear gas as the demonstration degenerated.