Eyewitness Report: Tensions In Northern Kosovo Reduced After Three-Party-Talks


Serb Road block in Rudare near Kosovska Mitrovica

Serb Road block in Rudare near Kosovska Mitrovica

Zvecan, near Kosovska Mitrovica, 7 August, 1721 hrs.

The tension within the Serb population of northern Kosovo, that could be felt at the road block in the village of Rudare on Friday, is almost entirely gone today. On Friday people were talking that everything might go up in flames during the night, a group of men was there from Belgrade to support the local population and a lot of alcohol made things even more scary. Maybe the rain did cool down the mood a bit and thank god no acts of violence occurred.

Today the scene at road block looks more like a peaceful Sunday outing: families taking a stroll between the stacks of tires, the bricks and the earth mover, girls flirting heavily with the young men around the tent marked with the Red Cross, in short: a quiet and peaceful view.

Yesterday and during the night talks were held between all parties involved in the town of  Leposavic. During that day (Saturday) the mood was still pretty tense, especially towards the press, but after the Serbian TV station B92 broadcast the news that the talks were peaceful and that there has been an interim agreement, everybody relaxed considerably.

We are out shooting images again now, so a more concise report has to wait until tomorrow.

(M. Zamfirova & J. Brandstatter, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo-Serbia; 7 August 2011)

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About Johann Brandstätter

Photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Bulgaria, working mainly in the Balkans and the Middle East. Conflicts & crises, social and environmental issues, defense & military, travel, transportation.
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