Road Block in Northern Kosovo Cleared Yesterday


Serb road block in the village of Rudare near Zvecan

Serb road block in the village of Rudare near Zvecan (www.jb-photography.org)

One of the road blocks on the access roads to the Serbian-Kosovo border has been cleared yesterday evening. Two others remain in place for the time being, but traffic is not affected. (Image: Copyright JB Photography).

The barricade in the town of Leposavic, 20 kilometers south of the Jarinje border crossing, has been cleared by the Serb population yesterday evening. The other road blocks south of Zubin Potok and near Zvecan stay. Our information has been confirmed by the Serbian agency Tanjug this morning.

An agreement from last weekend had called for all barricades to be removed by yesterday. After another round of talks between representatives of the Serb-populated communities in northern Kosovo had to be postponed indefinitely, it was left to the communities to decide. The talks were postponed because the representatives of Zubin Potok did not show up.

Traffic is almost not affected by the remaining blocks: the one near Zvecan can be avoided locally and the one in the village of Zubce can be passed without problems.

However, our information is, that in case of increasing tensions the Serb population is willing and able to bring traffic to a standstill in the whole region by setting up new barricades in a very short time.

See our gallery with more images from Kosovo: Kosovo Gallery Part 1

(Sources: Middle East & Balkans News, Tanjug; 10 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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