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U.S. Condemns 'Serb Mob' Violence In Kosovo

Kosovo Force (KFOR) soldiers from Armenia and Germany put up barricades at the closed Serbia-Kosovo border crossing of Jarinje on September 28.
The United States has condemned what it is calling a "violent attack by a Serb mob" against NATO peacekeepers at a checkpoint in northern Kosovo.

In a written statement, the State Department said that nine members of NATO's peacekeeping force in Kosovo were injured in the September 27 incident on the disputed border.

An earlier toll said four peacekeepers were hurt.

The U.S. statement also called on the governments of Kosovo and Serbia to remain committed to a European Union-backed dialogue and to remain calm.

The EU-backed talks were postponed on September 28 after the Serbian side it was not ready for them in the wake of the violence, which also left at least seven ethnic Serbs injured.

The incident occurred as NATO peacekeepers were seeking to dismantle a Serbian roadblock near the Jarinje crossing on the border of Serbia and northern Kosovo.

Serbia has refused to recognize Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia, while Kosovo's government has been trying to assert its authority in the minority Serbian north of the territory.

compiled from agency and RFE/RL reports

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