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Kosovo Opposition Warns Over Holding Parliament Session

The opposition in Kosovo is warning the government not to hold another session of parliament unless it withdraws from deals with Serbia and Montenegro.

After meeting on October 20 with President Atifete Jahjaga, three opposition leaders said the governing coalition shouldn't "provoke" with another parliamentary session because that would "escalate the situation."

In recent parliamentary sessions, opposition members have set off tear gas inside the chamber and thrown eggs at the prime minister. Opposition leaders have vowed to make it "impossible" to implement the deals with Serbia to give more powers to Serb-dominated areas in Kosovo and with Montenegro on border demarcation.

The government says the opposition is trying to come to power through nondemocratic means.

"We invite the opposition parties that instead of creating barriers, to contribute to these processes," said deputy Prime Minister and Democratic Party of Kosovo leader Hashim Thaci.

Kosovo unilaterally declared independence in 2008, a move not recognized by Serbia.

Based on reporting by AP