Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Serbs in Kosovo's north protest EU customs

Serbs in Kosovo's north protest EU customs


2009-06-09 14:00:07 -

JARINJE, Kosovo (AP) - Several hundred Serbs have blocked a road in Kosovo's north to protest what they say are plans for European Union officers to start collecting customs duty at Kosovo's borders with Serbia.
Kosovo's minority Serbs fear setting up full customs controls would endorse Kosovan independence from Serbia and cement the rule of Kosovo's ethnic Albanians authorities.
The Serb protesters blocked the road on Tuesday.
EU customs officers keep records of commercial goods entering Kosovo from Serbia and share the data with customs officials in Serbia and Kosovo to crack down on smuggling.
Serbia's top Kosovo official Goran Bogdanovic urged Serb leaders on Monday to «talk and solve problems» with the EU's 2,000-strong police and justice mission.

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