Ühenda meile

Kosovo

Kosovosse paigutatud NATO sõdurid kokkupõrked serblaste meeleavaldajatega

JAGA:

avaldatud

on

NATO peacekeeping soldiers formed security cordons around three town halls in Kosovo on Monday (29 May) as police clashed with Serb protesters, while Serbia’s president put the army on the highest level of combat alert.

The tense situation developed after ethnic Albanian mayors took office in northern Kosovo’s Serb majority area after elections the Serbs boycotted.

In Zvecan, one of the towns, Kosovo police – staffed by ethnic Albanians after Serbs quit the force last year – sprayed pepper gas to repel a crowd of Serbs who broke through a security barricade and tried to force their way into the municipality building, witnesses said.

Serb protesters in Zvecan threw tear gas and stun grenades at NATO soldiers. Serbs also clashed with police in Zvecan and spray-painted NATO vehicles with the letter “Z”, referring to a Russian sign used in war in Ukraine.

Serbia piiri lähedal Leposavicis asetasid mässuvarustuses USA rahuvalveväed raekoja ümber okastraadi, et kaitsta seda sadade vihaste serblaste eest.

Hiljem loopisid protestijad uuele Leposavici linnapeale kuulunud pargitud autot munadega.

President Aleksandar Vucic, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Serbian Armed Forces, raised the army’s combat readiness to the highest level, Defence Minister Milos Vucevic told reporters.

“This implies that immediately before 2:00 p.m. (1200 GMT), the Serbian Armed Forces’ Chief of the General Staff issued additional instructions for the deployment of the army’s units in specific, designated positions,” Vucevic said, without elaborating.

reklaam

NATO rahuvalvajad blokeerisid ka Zubin Potoki raekoja, et kaitsta seda vihaste kohalike serblaste eest, ütlesid tunnistajad.

Suurima Belgradi toetatud Kosovo serblaste partei Serblaste nimekirja asejuht Igor Simic süüdistas Kosovo peaministrit Albin Kurtit pingete õhutamises põhjas.

“We are interested in peace. Albanians who live here are interested in peace, and only he (Kurti) wants to make chaos,” Simic told reporters in Zvecan.

PISARGAAS

Serbs, who comprise a majority in Kosovo’s north, have never accepted its 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia and still see Belgrade as their capital more than two decades after the Kosovo Albanian uprising against repressive Serbian rule.

Etnilised albaanlased moodustavad enam kui 90% Kosovo elanikkonnast tervikuna, kuid põhjaserblased on pikka aega nõudnud ELi vahendatud 2013. aasta kokkuleppe elluviimist autonoomsete omavalitsuste ühenduse loomiseks nende piirkonnas.

Serbs refused to take part in local elections in April and ethnic Albanian candidates won the mayoralties in four Serb-majority municipalities – including North Mitrovica, where no incidents were reported on Monday – with a 3.5% turnout.

Serblased nõuavad, et Kosovo valitsus eemaldaks albaanlastest linnapead raekodadest ja lubaks Belgradi rahastatavatel kohalikel omavalitsustel oma tööd jätkata.

Reedel (26. mail) olid kolm albaania linnapead neljast eskort politsei, kes loobiti kividega ning vastas pisargaasi ja veekahuriga, et meeleavaldajad laiali saata.

The United States and its allies, who have strongly backed Kosovo’s independence, rebuked Pristina on Friday, saying imposing mayors in Serb-majority areas without popular support undercut efforts to normalise relations.

Kurti defended Pristina’s position, tweeting after a weekend phone call with the EU’s foreign policy chief: “Emphasized that elected mayors will provide services to all citizens.”

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic told RTS state television it was “not possible to have mayors who have not been elected by Serbs in Serb-majority municipalities”.

Jeffrey Hovenier, the US ambassador to Kosovo, met President Vjosa Osmani and two of the new mayors on Monday and told reporters afterwards: “I shared the concern about the prospect of violence and the need to de-escalate.”

Jagage seda artiklit:

EU Reporter avaldab mitmesugustest välistest allikatest pärit artikleid, mis väljendavad mitmesuguseid seisukohti. Nendes artiklites võetud seisukohad ei pruugi olla EU Reporteri seisukohad.

Trendid