Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/kosovo : Eu Deplores "Tragic Explosion" in Pristina

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/kosovo : Eu Deplores "Tragic Explosion" in Pristina

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The EU has condemned a bomb explosion that has killed two people and injured eleven in the centre of Pristina, the capital of Serbia's would-be breakaway province, on 24 September.

"We deplore the loss of all human lives," Krisztina Nagy, the European Commission's spokesperson for enlargement, told journalists at a press conference on the same day. Dismissing speculation that the explosion might be linked to the ongoing Kosovo status negotiations, Nagy said that the "reasons [for the blast] are not clear at all". "The Commission is waiting for further clarification," she added.

The explosion caused a double-story business centre on Pristina's Bill Clinton Boulevard to collapse. At least a dozen shops, cafes and restaurants at the premises were destroyed. According to observers, the explosion is thought more likely to be linked with a gang power struggle than the ongoing Kosovo status negotiations.

"We trust that the police will carry out the investigation into the reasons for this blast and that the perpetrators will be brought to justice," said Nagy.

The explosion came just a few weeks after the Contact Group troika mediators from the US, the EU and Russia launched new efforts to broker a deal between Pristina and Belgrade over the future status of Kosovo. And just a few days before the first face-to-face meeting between representatives of Kosovo and Serbia, scheduled for 28 September, on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York.

In a statement condemning the attack, the Kosovo government said that there were no signs of a link between it and the talks on the disputed province. …

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