Deputy Prime Minister Besnik Bislimi in talks with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell announced that, following the local elections in Kosovo, "the Kosovo government will continue with the operations" seen on October 13th, when Kosovo special police entered northern Kosovska Mitrovica and Zvecan.
At least 10 Serbs were injured during the police operation, two of whom were detained for hospital treatment. Sreko Sofronijevi was shot in the back and operated on. His condition is stable and he is in intensive care. Kosovo police point out that the action is directed against the alleged smuggling of goods.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said earlier that a meeting of chief negotiators would be the first positive step in calming tensions.
He called on Belgrade and Pristina to unconditionally de-escalate the situation in the north of Kosovo and Metohija by urgently withdrawing special police units and removing roadblocks.
The European Union must work with Turkey for the stability of the region and beyond, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Sept. 23 after meeting a senior EU official.
The top diplomat met with Josep Borrell, the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, on the sidelines of the 76th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.