More Violence in Kosovo: NATO Tells Troops to Use Live Ammunition

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Sasha Knezev
November 29, 2011
04:46

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More Violence in Kosovo: NATO Tells Troops to Use Live Ammunition
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At least two Kosovan Serbs and two NATO peacekeepers were injured in a fresh wave of violence in northern Kosovo, casting doubts on whether the conflict could be resolved in the near future.

The skirmishes occurred near the town of Zubin Potok, where Serbs were protesting NATO's attempts to remove a barricade made of buses and trucks that was blocking a main road in the region. NATO peacekeeping troops responded by firing rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons at the demonstrators. They also used pepper spray and batons against the protesters, while the latter hit the NATO peacekeepers with clubs and pelted them with rocks.

NATO has been claiming the two injured peacekeepers were under fire from the Serb demonstrators and is now instructing its soldiers to fire live ammunition if they come under attack.

Violence between Kosovan Serbs and NATO troops and Kosovan police flared up this summer after the self-proclaimed Kosovo government sought to set up customs and border posts in the north of the country, where Serbs, although overall a minority, make up a majority.

The Serb population responded by burning one of the posts and attacking Kosovan police. NATO troops were then called in, but Serbs began setting up barricades made of mud, soil, rock and concrete barriers to block the main road arteries leading to the border. This led to several skirmishes over the past months involving NATO peacekeepers and Kosovan Serbs.

Just last week more than 20 Portuguese and Hungarian soldiers were injured in another operation to remove the barricades.

Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, but it was only recognized by 85 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and France. Most countries, including Russia and Serbia itself have not recognized it.

Both Kosovo and Serbia, however, are seeking warmer relations with the EU and the latter is seeking membership.

The EU has been mediating negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo, but the latest talks held in Brussels last week were not very productive in resolving the border dispute.

Serbian President Boris Tadic has been calling on both NATO troops and Kosovo Serbs to stop the violence, saying it jeopardizes a compromise between Belgrade and Pristina and a sustainable resolution of the crisis.

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Filmmaker and author Sasha Knezev is convinced that the recent events and destabilization in the region is an act of desperation from Kosovan Serbs who have inhabited this area for decades.

"This is an abandonment of Belgrade. Belgrade has clearly taken the option of being dictated [to] and mandated out of Brussels," he told RT. "What we see in Kosovo now is the Kosovo Serbs acting out of desperation because they feel abandoned by not only the Serbian government, but perhaps psychologically from the people themselves, who have been recently very skeptical and questioning the point of joining the euro from a monetary prospective."

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2011 / 11 / 29
peacefulwarrior says:

This is an abandonment of Belgrade... says Sasha Knezev .

What else can we expect? from a Serbian Mickey Mouse government, that has been animated in a zionist Walt Disney Studio.
What breaks my Heart! is that all those remaining Serbs living in Kosovo, are left on their own, fighting for their lives, freedom and dignity, all at the mercy of NATO and Albanian terrorists.
Meanwhile back in Belgrade Serbian President Boris Tadic who is everything else BUT ! Serbian ( just like the rest of his party associats) a President who couldn't put two sentences together of his own thinking, keeps repeating the words "we will never give up Kosovo" like a parrot in a cage.
Not once, have I seen the people of Belgrade come together as a nation to speak out as ONE People to help their brothers and sisters who have been abandoned and forgotten in Kosovo ( SERBIA ) fighting for dear life .
But as soon as their country team wins a world sporting event, their all on the streets parading and waving Serbian flags of pride and joy... I AM ASHAMED !!!
I can honestly say without any reservation the people are no better then their corrupt to the bone sold out ANIMATED government! ... which deserve one another.

2012 / 04 / 04
Linda says:

While the minority population in Northern part of the Republic of Kosova, are being manipulated by Serbian government, who is brain washing them to be "loyal"serbs, reject Kosova's authorities and in bottom line keep them away of living a free independent life, where they could be normal citizens. Yes Tadic is corrupted, people in that region have to move on, there is no other solution, Kosova is an independent state, people over there are working to create a well strong state where all together can work and live in a peaceful environment, not in isolated territory where different parties come and persuade them that never give up we are going to fund you with this amount of money and goods. While Albanians who live in northern MItrovice live in fear of Serbian paramilitary groups who are basically Milosevic puppets with their hatred minds, hearts and bloody hands. This sites post nothing but biased media toward Albanians. So unprofessional, not correct and scientifically untrue.

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