The EU will this week send a mediator to help reduce tensions between Serbia and Kosovo after a series of incidents on their border.
The visit by high-ranking diplomat Robert Cooper comes after the Kosovan government sent its police officers to seize two border crossings as part of a ban on Serbian imports.
Serbia’s parliament held an emergency session at the weekend denouncing the decision and calling for a peaceful resolution to the crisis. Serbia’s president warned of the dangers of a fresh conflict in the region.
Meanwhile, a group of Serbs wearing yellow ribbons on their arms mounted a peaceful protest at one of the checkpoints on the Serbian side where NATO peacekeepers have taken control. The border has been closed since Thursday.
Local authorities are worried that there is now a shortage of basic food and medical supplies among ethnic Serbs living in northern Kosovo.
Kosovo Serbs have continued to block roads on the other side of the border preventing NATO military convoys from reinforcing troops. Protesters have manned makeshift barricades of bricks, tyres and mounds of earth.