EU raises alarm over escalating Serbia, Kosovo automobile plates dispute | Politics Information
The European Union’s international coverage chief has warned of “escalation and violence” after emergency talks between Kosovo and Serbia didn’t resolve their long-running dispute over automobile licence plates utilized by the ethnic Serb minority in Kosovo.
Amid rising tensions between the Balkans neighbours, the EU’s excessive consultant, Josep Borrell, invited Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti to Brussels for emergency talks on Monday.
“The 2 events didn’t conform to an answer as we speak,” Borrell mentioned in an announcement to the media following eight hours of fruitless discussions.
“I believe that there’s an essential duty on the edges of each leaders for the failure of the talks as we speak and for any escalation and violence that may happen on the bottom within the following days.”
Kosovo has tried this 12 months to require its Serb minority to alter their outdated automobile plates that date earlier than 1999, when Kosovo was nonetheless a part of Serbia, matching Serbia’s earlier ban on Kosovo licence plates.
Serbs within the northern a part of the nation have resisted, typically violently, however Kosovo has mentioned it’ll begin issuing fines from Tuesday.