The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that the EU would not tolerate attacks on the EULEX police mission in Kosovo and called on Kosovo Serbs to remove barricades on the province’s highways.
“The EU will not tolerate attacks on EULEX in Kosovo or violent, criminal acts in the north,” he tweeted. Borrell also called on the Kosovo Serbs to remove the barricades immediately.
The head of European diplomacy promised that EULEX would continue to coordinate activities with the Kosovo authorities and the NATO KFOR mission.
Kosovo Serbs on Saturday erected barricades on highways in the north of the region because of the detention by the Kosovo Albanian authorities of the former police officer of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the self-proclaimed republic, Dejan Pantic. Pantić, who, along with fellow Serbian police officers from Interior Ministry units in the north of the province, resigned in November, was detained on Saturday at the Yarina checkpoint when entering from central Serbia on suspicion of “terrorism.”
At night, the protesters set up tents to guard the barricades. The police of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo, for their part, blocked the entry into the province for cars and pedestrians from central Serbia to the north of the province.