Thursday, July 28, 2011

NATO Steps into Kosovo-Serbia Border Dispute

North Atlantic Treaty Organization troops sought to restore order in northern Kosovo after a group of Serb youths set fire and used a bulldozer to destroy a border crossing between the two Balkan nations.

NATO said it was going to boost its presence in the area after soldiers were shot at in this Serb-dominated part of Kosovo yesterday, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest from Pristina, the capital. There were no reported injuries.

"The situation deteriorated at the Jarinje custom post and it was confirmed that an act of arson was committed and there have also been confirmed reports of shots," KFOR, NATO's operation in Kosovo, said in an e-mailed statement late yesterday. The troops " will be reinforced" to prevent a "further escalation."

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