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Kosovo forces withdraw from Serb border posts

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Kosovo forces withdraw from Serb border posts


Kosovo special forces withdrew on Wednesday from two border posts in an ethnic Serb enclave, one day after violent clashes that left a policeman dead.

The operation was to enforce a government ban on all Serbian imports, prompting protests by local Serbs who do not recognise Pristina’s authority.

The blockade was in retaliation to Serbia banning Kosovan exports.

The crossings in Jarinje and Brjnak will now be policed by regular officers from Kosovo’s majority Albanian and minority Serb communities.

A memorial service has been held for the 31-year-old Kosovan police officer, who died in the raid after being shot in the head.

The EU and the United States have strongly criticised the intervention; there are around 6,000 Western troops on the ground in Kosovo to keep the peace.

Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008. It has been recognised by nearly 80 countries

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