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EU Police Force In Kosovo Tries To Get Serbian Police Back To Work

PRISTINA -- The European Union police force in Kosovo (EULEX) is working to get Serbian police to return to their posts within the Kosovar police force, RFE/RL's South Slavic and Albanian Languages Service reports.

At least 328 ethnic Serbian police officers left their units after Kosovo declared independence in February. Most of them are still receiving their wages and are considered to be "temporarily suspended."

Kosovo authorities are asking them to return to their units, but only 20 have accepted the offer.

EULEX is expected to mediate between the Kosovo government and the Serbian police who quit working.

A government source told RFE/RL that there are some positive signals that Serbian officers will return to work. Serbs have thus far held out for special conditions to be made before they return.

Ethnic Serbs made up some 10 percent of the 7,000 member Kosovo police force before independence was declared.