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Ethnic violence flares on Kosovo's northern border

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Ethnic violence flares on Kosovo's northern border


NATO’s troops have increased their presence on Kosovo’s northern border to quell deadly, escalating violence.

Kosovo has been trying to take control of its northern frontier crossings and enforce a ban on imports from Serbia – a move in retaliation for Belgrade’s block on Pristina’s exports.

Belgrade does not recognise Kosovo’s independence declaration three years ago and the 60,000 Serbs who live in northern Kosovo still consider Belgrade their capital.

Political leaders on both sides have blamed each other for the rise in violence which has already claimed the life of one Kosovan policeman this

week. Armed Serbs have attacked and burned down the Jarinje border post and fired at NATO peacekeepers.

EU leaders have repeated their call for calm and warned that further violence will not be tolerated.

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