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The EU urges Kosovo and Serbia to de-escalate, says Borrell

FILE PHOTO.  A local Serb walks near the roadblock in Rudare, near the northern part of the ethnically divided city of Mitrovica, Kosovo.  December 11, 2022. REUTERS/Florion Goga
FILE PHOTO. A local Serb walks near the roadblock in Rudare, near the northern part of the ethnically divided city of Mitrovica, Kosovo. December 11, 2022. REUTERS/Florion Goga

BRUSSELS, Dec 12 (Reuters) – The European Union is strongly calling on Kosovo and Serbia to de-escalate tensions, the European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday.

“They have returned to talks. They have to find a way to end the tendency to clash in the streets, to create blockades,” he declared.

Serb protesters in northern Kosovo blocked major highways for the second day on Sunday after an overnight exchange of fire with police after the arrest of a former Serb policeman, amid rising tensions between the authorities and Kosovo’s minority Serbs.

(Reporting by Sabine Siebold, Bart Meijer, and Charlotte van Campenhout; Editing in Spanish by Benjamín Mejías Valencia)

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