September 28, 2011
BELGRADE/BRUSSELS – Tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets were fired and at least 11 people were injured Tuesday when NATO peacekeepers clashed with Serbs in the volatile northern Kosovo.
The foreign policy chief of the European Union, which has been trying to keep tensions between Pristina and Belgrade in check, told European lawmakers in Strasbourg, France, during a speech on the Middle East peace process, that she was just ‘as worried, if not more’ about the developments in northern Kosovo.
Back in Brussels, her spokeswoman said EU officials ‘strongly condemn’ the renewed violence and called on all parties to ‘show restraint and act responsibly.’
The clash came as the peacekeeping mission, KFOR, moved to remove Serb roadblocks weeks after they began blocking traffic in the area, amid a dispute over the borders and opening illegal pathways to Serbia proper to circumvent controls.