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Kosovo President Meets With Leaders To Defuse Crisis

Kosovo's President Atifete Jahjaga (file photo)

Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga has met with parliamentary leaders to try to defuse a crisis over political deals with Serbia and Montenegro.

The opposition has called on the government to withdraw from deals with Serbia to give more powers to the Serb-dominated areas in Kosovo and with Montenegro on border demarcation. During their protests, the opposition has used tear gas and thrown eggs at Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa.

Mustafa, who has accused the opposition of trying to come to power in a nondemocratic way, expressed his willingness to discuss "the country's development" with the opposition.

Opposition leaders also said they were ready for talks, but said they would not change their stand against the deals with Serbia and Montenegro.

Samuel Zbogar of the European Union Office in Kosovo considered Jahjaga's move the "right step toward resolving current situation."

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

Based on reporting by AP