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North Kosovo Serbs Halt Cooperation With EU Mission

  • RFE/RL's Balkan Service

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.