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North Kosovo Serbs Halt Cooperation With EU Mission

Serbs in northern Kosovo say the European Union's Rule of Law Mission, known as EULEX, is no longer welcome to work in their communities.

RFE/RL’s Balkan Service reports that Serb leaders from four municipalities -- Leposavic, Zubin Potok, Zvecan, and Mitrovica-North -- decided on the evening of April 16 to halt cooperation with EULEX.

The move follows the arrest earlier this month of a Kosovo Serb in connection with the killing of an ethnic Albanian Kosovo police officer.

The officer, Enver Zymberi, was shot dead by a sniper in northern Kosovo in July 2011.

Nemanja Jaksic, president of the local assembly of the town of Zubin Potok, told RFE/RL that the arrest had caused tensions with EULEX and Serbs in northern Kosovo will not cooperate with the EU mission until a number of issues are addressed.

EULEX has so far not commented the decision to halt cooperation.

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