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Harsh words between Serbia and Kosovo

Harsh words between Serbia and Kosovo

After recent unrest in Serb-held northern Kosovo, there is hope for de-escalation when state leaders meet now in conjunction with a major EPG summit in Moldova.

However, the exchange of words is harsh – not least on Kosovo’s part. President Vjosa Osmani directly accuses his Serbian colleague Aleksandar Vucic of political and financial support for “illegal structures that have turned into criminal gangs.”

– This meeting is scheduled to meet like-minded European leaders who believe in peace, security and stability and believe in a free and peaceful Europe. I do not consider Mr. Vucic to belong to that group. It has shown that through actions and words, Osmani tells reporters on site.

Vucic, for his part, claims that Serbia will do “its best” to de-escalate tensions.

– Vucic says, we will try to persuade the Serbs to protest quietly and peacefully, and he wishes the withdrawal of the mayors who took office in northern Kosovo after the elections that the Serbs boycotted.

France and Germany announced private talks at the EPG Summit on the tense situation. From the informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Oslo, there is also a message from US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

– We call on the governments of Kosovo and Serbia to take immediate action to reduce tensions, Blinken says at a press conference in Oslo.

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