Balkans | The barrier problem, which is the cause of tension in Kosovo and Serbia, has been going on for 3 days

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The barrier issue, which has caused tensions to escalate between the two Balkan nations of Serbia and Kosovo, continued into the third day.

Kosovo Serbs, who blocked roads to the border gates of Yarenje and Brinjak in northern Kosovo on December 10 to protest the detention of former Serbian police officer Dejan Pantek, continued their vigil in the region today.

In a statement on the roadblocks blocking vehicles, the Kosovo police said that the situation in the north was the same and that the border gates were still closed.

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said that international institutions listened to the voices of Serbs through the “barricades”, while she said that Pantik was arrested without any evidence and that he was a heart patient.

Meanwhile, it was announced that Miroslav Lajcak, the EU’s Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Special Representative, will visit Serbia and Kosovo, while the tension between the two countries is expected to be discussed.

It has been shared that tense waiting continues in the area and schools are taking a break from teaching today as they did yesterday.

Kosovo Serbs had erected barricades many times before, in reaction to decisions taken by Kosovo.

Tensions in Kosovo and Serbia

The two countries faced each other again ahead of snap general elections scheduled for December 18 in 4 municipalities in northern Kosovo, where the Serb population is packed.

Has led Kosovo to increase the presence of security forces in the Serb densely populated areas in the north of the country in order to ensure security in the region before the elections to the mutual tension between the two countries.

After the events in the north, Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani announced the postponement of early local elections to April 2023, but this decision did not ease the tension in the region.

After Pantik’s arrest, Kosovo Serbs set up barricades in the north of the country, and EULEX’s Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) claimed they were attacked during a night patrol.

The European Union, NATO and the United States call for de-escalation and the removal of roadblocks in northern Kosovo.

Serbia considers Kosovo, which unilaterally declared its independence in 2008, to be its territory.

Serbia and Kosovo, which clash periodically, are trying to find a common way to normalize relations, and eventually the two countries get to know each other, within the scope of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue process that began in 2011 with the mediation of the European Union.

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