NATO has appealed for calm to quell a violent rise in tension between Kosovo and Serbia.
It comes after a Kosovo policeman was hurt by gunfire on Monday night when Kosovo forces tried to gain control of a border post in an ethnic Serb area.
Borko Stefanovic, the head of Serbia’s dialogue team, said: “Our requests are very clear here, Serbs are gathered here on the barricades. We won’t withdraw from the place until all conditions are met. We also want the EU’s police force to pull out immediately, until the situation is resolved.”
Kosovo’s move is the latest dig against its former ruler after it banned all imports from Serbia a week ago. Last night, Kosovo forces succeeded in taking control of one of two major road crossings from Serbia to Kosovo but local Serbs blocked the road from the second border crossing.
NATO peacekeepers, who still patrol Kosovo more than a decade after the end of the war there, were deployed to separate both sides. Senior commanders say they will intervene if there is further violence.