Kosovo demonstrations turn ugly

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Violence broke out in Pristina at a demonstration against a new push by the European Union to normalise relations between Kosovo and Serbia. Eighteen police officers were injured in the clashes which followed talks in Brussels between the two prime ministers: Hashim Thaci of Kosovo and Ivica Dacic of Serbia. It was the first such meeting since Kosovo declared independence in 2008.

Brussels insists that before EU membership can be considered, progress must be made towards solving a range of problems resulting from Serbia’s refusal to recognise Kosovo. These include energy supplies, managing the joint border, and finding an international dialling code for the country.

The Self-Determination movement in Kosovo staged their own protest in parliament, brandishing a banner which read “Resolution is submission to Serbia”.