Kosovo police interrupt Serbian minister's visit

10:29, January 14, 2010      

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Kosovo police expelled Wednesday from the territory Serbian Minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanovic, who was on a visit to the Serb-dominated town of Strpce, 60 km south of Kosovo capital Pristina.

Around noon Wednesday, the Kosovo police interrupted Bogdanovic's visit in Strpce, informing him that he can not travel in the area without the permission of the Kosovo government.

On road to Strpce after visiting the village of Sevce, the motorcade that included Bogdanovic was stopped by strong forces of the Kosovo police led by members of the special squad.

"He was expelled because he was staying in Kosovo without the permission of Kosovo institutions," said police spokesman Baki Kelani.

Police special units "Rosa" conducted the operation and escorted the minister to Merdare crossing point with Serbia.

Bogdanovic criticized the action of Kosovo police as a reckless move of Kosovo authorities since he is a citizen of Kosovo.

"This is an example of luck of freedom of movement in Kosovo which violated the elementary human rights of Serb citizens in Kosovo," said Bogdanovic.

Bogdanovic visited in Strpce Serbian local authorities elected in May 2009 elections and are regarded legitimate for Serbia, but illegal for Pristina.

New local institutions were established in Strpce a day before Bogdanovic's visit, based on November 2009 Kosovo local elections and composed of Serb and Albanian representatives.

A breakaway province of Serbia, ethnic Albanian-dominated Kosovo unilaterally declared independence in February 2008. However, Serbia has vowed it would never recognize Kosovo's independence, regarding the move illegal and in contrary with international law.

Source: Xinhua
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