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Kosovar Prime Minister Announces Deal With NATO On Border Posts

Kosovar Prime Minister Hashim Thaci
Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci says his government has made a deal with NATO over two disputed border posts that were the recent scene of deadly violence in Serb-majority northern Kosovo.

Thaci today said that the deal foresees the disputed crossings named military security zones and manned by NATO's KFOR troops.

Thaci added that under the agreement, Kosovo maintains its trade embargo with Serbia, which sparked the crisis in the north.

Pristina recently ordered its security forces to take over the two border crossings to enforce a ban on imports from Serbia, which it said was being ignored by ethnic Serb members of Kosovo's border police.

Serbs in northern Kosovo reacted angrily and one police officer was killed in the ensuing clashes.

compiled from agency reports

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