Serbs block border crossing and prepare for conflict

Serbs in northern Kosovo on Sunday blocked a main road near the Jarinje border crossing with trucks.

This was reported by Ukrinform with reference to “Radio Liberty”.

A blockade is also reported on the Pristina-Raska road.

The Kosovo police announced that due to the blockade, the border crossings of Jarinje and Brnjak are closed. People take alternative routes.

In addition, sirens are constantly heard in North Mitrovica. A blockade of the Boshniak quarter in the city is also reported.

Meanwhile, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic declaredthat the Kosovo army is allegedly going to attack the Serbs in the north of the country at midnight on July 31st.

According to Vučić, Kosovo will at the same time block the entry of citizens with Serbian documents and require the re-registration of cars to Kosovo numbers, according to a decree that will come into force on August 1.

Later, information was leaked to the media that the Serbian army had already entered Kosovo. However, the ministry declaredthat “haven’t done it yet”.

“The Ministry of Defense reports that the Serbian army has not yet crossed the administrative line and in no way invaded the territory of Kosovo and Metohija,” they noted.

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It is noted that two decisions of the Kosovo government on Serbian license plates and documents will come into force tomorrow. The Kosovo government has said that on August 1, travelers arriving from Serbia will exchange Serbian passports for new entry-exit identification documents issued by Pristina. This policy is in line with Belgrade’s longstanding practice regarding Kosovo citizens visiting Serbia.

In addition, from August 1, a new norm on license plates of vehicles will come into force.

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Ethnic Serbs in northern Kosovo have been using Serbian license plates since 1999, with abbreviations for Kosovo cities such as KM (Kosovska Mitrovica), PR (Pristina) or UR (Uroševac).

The Kosovo government considers the signs illegal, but allows them in four Serbian-majority northern municipalities.

Now he will require them to be replaced with license plates issued by Kosovowith the abbreviation RKS.

It is noted that this aggravation is not the first time. In September last year, ethnic Serbs blocked the border between Kosovo and Serbia, protesting against the demand of the authorities in Pristina to remove Serbian license plates from cars entering Kosovo.

Serbia does not recognize the independence of Kosovo, as well as its right to introduce rules and regulations, in particular, on the registration of cars and trucks. Most EU countries recognize Kosovo, but Serbia’s allies Russia and China do not.

Photo: Radio Liberty

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