Belgrade and Pristina have struck a deal that could accelerate Serbia’s path to EU membership.
The two have been at loggerheads ever since Kosovo declared it was no longer a province of Serbia in 2008.
Nowhere has the tension manifested itself more tangibly than in northern Kosovo, where the majority are ethnic Serbs.
Last year there were outbursts of violence centred on two border crossings.
Serbian government spokesman Milivoje Mihajlovic said: “I believe there will be Serbs in northern Kosovo who will not agree with the deal, but a majority will support it, because in a way the agreement decreases the tension in northern Kosovo as well as throughout Kosovo.”
Serbia has said it will never recognise its neighbour as an independent entity, though 80 countries including the United States and most EU member states have done so.