EU urges Serbia, Kosovo to defuse border tensions

09:17, July 27, 2011      

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The European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Tuesday urged the Serbia and Kosovo authorities to calm down the tensions in northern Kosovo.

Ashton spoke to both Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and Serbian President Boris Tadic, urging both sides to defuse the tensions after Kosovo police gained control on two crossing border points with Serbia.

Ashton stressed that it is essential to restore calm immediately. She also stressed that the efforts must focus on resolving the underlying issues through the EU facilitated dialogue.

"The dialogue is the only way forward to solve the issue of customs stamps and to re-establish free trade in both direction," she added.

She also asked Tadic and Thaci to assist the efforts of the EU Special Representative and EU Rule of law (EULEX) police units who have been talking to both sides to break the deadlock.

Source:Xinhua
 
 
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