The Serbs continued to block the roads leading to the Brnjak and Jarinje border crossings.
AT Kosovo started issuing additional documents to Serbian citizens crossing the territory. Serbs living in the north of the country and opposed to the decisions of Pristina continued to block the roads leading to the two border crossings.
This is reported Reuters.
Thus, the government of Kosovo began issuing documents to the Serbs at the largest border crossing, Merdare.
“This decision will be implemented until all barricades are removed and freedom of movement of people and goods is ensured,” said Kosovo’s interior minister, Celal Shwedla.
On Monday morning, August 1, roads leading to the Brnjak and Jarinje border crossings in northern Kosovo continued to be blocked by trucks loaded with gravel and heavy machinery.
Recall, local Serbs blocked the main road at the border crossing Yarinje on Sunday. The Kosovo police announced that the border crossings of Jarinje and Brnjak were closed to travelers and vehicles as a result.
The Serbs did this in protest against the decisions of the Kosovo government on June 29 to change the rules of the road and start re-registration of vehicles with numbers from the Republic of Serbia to Kosovo.
Fourteen years after Kosovo declared independence from Serbia and was recognized by 97 countries, some 50,000 Serbs living in the country still use license plates and documents issued by the Serbian authorities, refusing to recognize the government of Pristina and its institutions.
Like a year ago, an attempt to start the procedure for reissuing documents and license plates led to a conflict. Armed clashes break out in northern Kosovo.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that the Kosovo army allegedly going to attack the Serbs In the north of the country. Later, he made an appeal and said that Serbia “will seek peace.” Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti blamed the unrest on the President of Serbia.
This was followed by a statement by the KFOR contingent (international security forces in Kosovo led by NATO) that he is ready to intervene in a situation where the stability of northern Kosovo is threatened.
Kosovo’s consultations with international partners took place. As a result, on the night of Sunday, July 31, the Kosovo authorities announced that they had postponed the procedure for imposing a ban on Serbian documents that provoked the conflict, until September 1st.