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NATO troops move in on Kosovo Serb roadblocks

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NATO troops move in on Kosovo Serb roadblocks


NATO forces in Kosovo have deployed teargas and tanks to clear barriers to a disputed border crossing into Serbia.

Hundreds of Kosovo Serbs had defied warnings to leave the area. They reject Kosovo’s independence and put up 16 barricades in the north in July to protest over Pristina’s increased presence.

Overnight German and Austrian Kfor (NATO-led Kosovo Force) troops moved on barricades on the road between the town of Jagnjenica and the border crossing at Brnjak.

On Wednesday Kfor held talks with local Serbs to try to negotiate a peaceful removal of the roadblocks.

Analysts say support for Kosovo Serbs in Belgrade is waning.

Serbia is seeking European Union membership but Brussels has made it clear that accession talks would depend on Belgrade cooperating with Kosovo’s government.

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