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UN Envoy Warns Of Escalating Kosovo Tensions

Ethnic Serbs Continue Blocking Roads In Kosovoi
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November 30, 2011
Tensions remained high between NATO-led peacekeepers and ethnic Serbs in Kosovo on November 30, a day after clashes left 30 NATO soldiers and some 100 Serbs injured. Serbs continued blocking roads in Kosovo's tense north following a decision by the government in Pristina to extend its authority in areas under de-facto Serb rule. AP video

Tensions remained high between NATO-led peacekeepers and ethnic Serbs in Kosovo on November 30, a day after clashes left 30 NATO soldiers and some 100 Serbs injured. Serbs continued blocking roads in Kosovo's tense north following a decision by the govern

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The head of the United Nations mission in Kosovo has warned that tensions in the ethnic Serb-dominated northern part of the territory are so high now that serious violence could erupt at any time.

UN Kosovo mission chief Farid Zarif spoke to the UN Security Council on November 29 -- one day after clashes between ethnic Serbs and NATO-led peacekeepers left 30 NATO soldiers and some 100 Serbs injured.

The violence occurred as NATO sought to remove roadblocks set up by the Serbs.

The UN envoy described the northern part of Kosovo, where Serbs reject rule by Kosovo's majority ethnic Albanians, as "extremely volatile."

He said the "combined factors of frustration, fear, and mistrust could easily and quickly provide the spark that could ignite violence."

The envoy said the heightened tensions were partly caused by the politics of elections in Serbia due next spring, as well as what he called the "current political dynamics" of the ethnic Albanian-dominated Kosovo government.

The envoy called for "strong, united leadership from the international community" to try to reduce ethnic tensions in Kosovo.

with agency reports
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by: SerbNik from: Serbia
November 30, 2011 09:56
"UN Kosovo mission chief Farid Zarif"

A moslem is the shief? That explains the legalisation of destruction of orthodox churches and killing of Serbs.

by: Brazilian Man from: São Paulo - SP - Brazil
November 30, 2011 10:41
“The violence occurred as NATO sought to remove roadblocks set up by the Serbs.”

The only concrete way to solve this problem is tough NATO action (and removal of the barricades) against the Serb nationalist gangs who want to carve up a “mini-Srpska Karjina” out of the Kosovar national territory.

by: albanian
November 30, 2011 14:53
thats funny u talk about ur orthodox churches..theres other catholic churches in kosovo i am catholic albanian and no1 will dare to destroy them here...dont make this a war of religion..the fact is serbz started all this from time b4 wit force so wut do u expect..now look at urselves fighting with nato...explain that to me? now i live here in kosovo and we have serbs in kline area jagoda and we all respect them and they respect us...

by: Wim Roffel
December 01, 2011 09:35
It is curious to see that while Obama and Merkel criticize the Egyptians when protesters are killed who for weeks have occupied Cairo's most busy traffic square at the same time their troops are threatening with deadly force against Serbs who occupy some remote mountain roads in Kosovo.

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