PRISTINA (Reuters) - Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti accused Belgrade of trying to destabilise Kosovo by supporting Serbs who enactment arsenic constabulary officers and successful the nationalist assemblage quitting implicit Pristina’s bid to usage Kosovo conveyance licence plates not those issued by Serbia.
The long-running licence sheet quality has stoked tensions betwixt Serbia and its erstwhile state of Kosovo, which gained independency successful 2008 and is location to a Serb number successful the northbound that is backed by Belgrade.
Kosovo’s authorities has said it volition commencement issuing fines this period to Serb drivers utilizing pre-independence plates, and volition confiscate vehicles that person not had their registration numbers changed by April 21, 2023.
So acold 578 constabulary officers person resigned implicit the dispute, the interior ministry said, with Kosovo having to draught successful officers from different regions to regenerate them.
Their resignations are portion of a wider Serb question to retreat from authorities institutions including courts, police, parliament and authorities implicit replacing the licence plates.
Both leaders of the ruling enactment successful Serbia including President Aleksandar Vucic and galore absorption governmental leaders successful Serbia person expressed enactment for the actions of the Serbs successful the northbound of Kosovo.
“In the past days we person seen an summation successful the attempts of Serbia and the president of our bluish neighbour to destabilise the concern successful our country,” Kurti told a quality conference.
“Clearly Serbia is funny successful sabotaging the dialog and immoderate imaginable deal,” helium said.
Kosovo and Serbia successful 2013 committed to an EU-sponsored dialog to resoluteness each remaining issues betwixt them, but small advancement has been made since then.
A overseas argumentation spokesperson for the European Commission, Peter Stano urged some Serbia and Kosovo connected Monday to forestall immoderate escalation of the tensions.
“Over the past fewer days we person seen a very, precise unsafe escalation,” Stano said. “And this has consequences not lone for Serbia and Kosovo ... but besides for the full region.”
Kosovo Serbs volition not beryllium near without the enactment of Belgrade, “no substance what happens”, Vucic wrote connected Instagram connected Monday.
Reporting by Fatos Bytyci; Additional reporting by John Chalmers successful Brussels; Editing by Ivana Sekularac; Editing by Alison Williams