Hundreds of Kosovo Serb ladies have taken to the streets of Mitrovica to demand an easing of tensions between Belgrade and Pristina, as a dispute over automotive quantity plates threatens to spark riots.
The protesters have been demonstrating towards fines deliberate by Kosovo authorities for many who refuse to alter their Belgrade-issued automobile registration plates and towards the cruelty they are saying they face each day by the hands of authorities in Pristina.
“We have had sufficient of all that,” stated one protester, who added that she needed to dwell in peace.
Extended tensions between Serbia and its former province have risen once more in latest weeks over the Kosovo authorities’s determination to ban license plates issued by Serbia.
Kosovo, which stays unrecognized by Serbia, needs about 10,000 Kosovo Serbs whose autos have Serbian-issued plates to exchange them with Republic of Kosovo plates.
The phased plan contains warnings, fines and ultimately driving bans for refusing to alter.
The 2 sides failed to achieve a long-term settlement on the matter, regardless of mediation by each the EU and the US.
The highest diplomat of the European Union, Josep Borrell, held lengthy talks with the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo this Monday and blamed them for not resolving the dispute.
Round 3,700 NATO peacekeepers are nonetheless deployed in Kosovo, which declared independence in 2008. However some now worry the standoff may result in sectarian violence between the 2 communities within the area.
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