Kosovo Serbs agreed to unblock roads on the border with Serbia, as the government made a small concession to them.
On the afternoon of August 1, peacekeepers in Kosovo KFOR forces observed from helicopters the removal of roadblocks that protesters set up in the north of the country, Reuters reports.
The dismantling came after the Kosovo government, on the advice of Western politicians, agreed to delay until September 1 the entry into force of a decision that angered ethnic Serbs, who make up the majority in the country's north. They were ordered to apply for documents and vehicle license plates issued by Kosovo government agencies.
Meanwhile, about 50,000 ethnic Serbs still refuse to recognize the Kosovo government and use license plates and documents issued by the Serbian authorities. It is assumed that after September 1, the Serbs will have 60 days to change license plates and receive new documents.
How the conflict began
The situation on the border of Serbia and Kosovo escalated on the evening of July 31 after the Kosovo authorities announced that Serbian documents in the country would become invalid from August 1. The reason for this decision was the need to respond to Belgrade for refusing to recognize Kosovo identity cards. After that, the Serbs living in the area began to erect barricades on the roads.
Telegram channels wrote that near the Serbian city of Novi Pazar, on the border with Kosovo, they heard the sound of firing from automatic weapons and air raid signals.
Kosovo special forces blocked the border, and the Serbian security forces began to pull troops to the border. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that the Kosovo army was going to attack his country on the night of August 1.
In order to prevent escalation, Italian peacekeepers decided to separate the conflicting parties.
The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, accused the leadership of Serbia of trying to inflame the conflict in the country.
“Arrangement of checkpoints and shooting are aggressive actions that were planned in advance in Belgrade, they were preceded by various meetings and assemblies,” the Kosovo Prime Minister stressed.