Protest Over Kosovo Ban On Serbian-registered Cars
Faizan Hashmi 1 month ago Mon 20th September 2021 | 11:10 PM
Jarinje, Kosovo, Sept 20 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th Sep, 2021 ) :Hundreds of ethnic Serbs on Monday blocked roads in Kosovo's north leading to its only two border crossings with Serbia to protest Pristina's ban on entry of cars with Serbian registration plates.
The row erupted over Kosovo's use of plates with RKS (Republic of Kosovo) on them, which implies its status as an independent nation, something bitterly disputed by Serbia.
Until now, vehicles with Serbian registration plates have been entering Kosovo freely.
Protesters used trucks and cars to completely shut down traffic on the roads towards the Jarinje and Brnjak crossings, an AFP journalist noted. They also set up tents, saying they would spend the night on the barricades.
"Pristina demonstrates force and nothing else," one of about 500 protesters gathered near the Jarinje crossing told AFP.
The police "will have to leave, if not, it won't be good," said the protester who requested to remain anonymous. "They have no business being in the north." - US calls for restraint - "It was not our wish but imposed by the other side," Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti told lawmakers Monday.
Serbs expected Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to "react and help us, as he has always done so far", he added.
He had called a meeting of security officials for Tuesday do discuss the situation in Kosovo, he added.
"I hope we won't be forced to implement our own measures, both economic and political ones," Vucic told a televised press conference.
Serbia and Kosovo Serbs still do not recognise the move.
Kosovo and Serbia are conducting EU-sponsored talks on normalisation of ties for a decade.