Serbs in northern Kosovo unblock roads

Thursday 8.09.2011.

ZVEČAN — All roads in northern Kosovo were unblocked around 12:00 CET on Thursday after EULEX had finished its operation in the Zubin Potok area.

The barricades in Zvečan (Tanjug, file)

EULEX police returned to southern Kosovska Mitrovica and local Serbs removed the barricades.

The roadblocks were set up right after the EULEX police blocked a road between Kosovska Mitrovica and southwestern Serbia in the village of Zupče on Thursday, as part of the ongoing investigation into the killing of a Kosovo special police officer near Zubin Potok late July.

EULEX Spokeswoman Irina Gudeljević told Tanjug earlier on Thursday that the police were checking the road between Zubin Potok and the village of Zupče in the Kosovska Mitrovica region.

“The investigation of the crime scene is related to the July 26 murder of a member of the Kosovo police special units. The road connecting Zubin Potok and Zupče will be temporarily closed until the operation ends,” she said.

Serbs set up a roadblock on the same road just a kilometer away from the EULEX roadblock.

At the same time, KFOR soldiers had their own roadblocks on the surrounding roads.

Kosovska Mitrovica Mayot Krstimir Pantić told Tanjug earlier today the people acted on their own initiative when they set up the roadblocks.

The situation in this part of Kosovo is quiet but tense.

Source: Beta, Tanjug


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