Secretary Blinken has expressed strong condemnation for the recent violent incidents targeting the Kosovo Force (KFOR) troops, law enforcement personnel, and journalists operating under the NATO-led mission. The US government has urged all parties involved to promptly take steps to de-escalate the rising tensions in the Western Balkans.
“The Government of Kosovo’s decision to force access to municipal buildings sharply and unnecessarily escalated tensions,” said Secretary Blinken.
“Prime Minister Kurti and his government should ensure that elected mayors carry out their transitional duties from alternate locations outside municipal buildings, and withdraw police forces from the vicinity,” urged the State Secretary.
The State Secretary further emphasized the responsibility of President Vucic and the Government of Serbia in this regard.
He urged them to lower the security status of the Serbian Armed Forces and to call upon Kosovo Serbs to halt their challenges to KFOR while refraining from engaging in further violence.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has issued a statement condemning the violent attacks on the Kosovo Police near the Banjska Monastery, which occurred on September 24. In his statement, Blinken expressed “strong condemnation” for the incident and extended “deep condolences” to the family of the Kosovo Police sergeant who died. “The perpetrators of this crime…Keep reading
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In the aftermath the attack on Kosovo Police officers, High Representative Josep Borrell swiftly initiated discussions with Prime Minister Albin Kurti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, aiming to address the escalating crisis. Borrell reiterated his urgent call for the “immediate surrender” of the assailants responsible for the attack and the secure release of pilgrims currently…Keep reading
Ambassadors from the Quint countries are in a meeting with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti amid the violence that erupted in Banjska, near Zvečan in northern Kosovo. Kosovo police reported that at 2:34 AM last night, a rapid intervention unit of the border police observed two unregistered trucks positioned on a bridge at the entrance…Keep reading
The EU High Representative, Josep Borrell, has responded to the Sunday attack against Kosovo Police with a strong statement. He said, “I condemn in the strongest possible terms the hideous attack by an armed gang against Kosovo Police officers in Banjska/Banjskë in the north of Kosovo, which left one police officer dead and two injured.”…Keep reading