Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/kosovo : Kosovo Serbs, Backed by Belgrade, Protest against Eulex

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/kosovo : Kosovo Serbs, Backed by Belgrade, Protest against Eulex

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Some 1,000 out of the 120,000-odd Serbs living in Kosovo protested, on 2 October, in Mitrovica and two other towns north of the Ibar river against the deployment of the EULEX mission.

"Serbs are against the deployment of EULEX, because it is a mission of occupiers, whose goal is to take away the land we live on, our homes, steal our youth and the childhoods of our children," the Vice-Chairman of the Assembly of Community of Serb Municipalities of Kosovo, Marko Jaksic, said in a message from protesters sent to the international community and the government in Belgrade.

The deployment of the 2,200-strong EULEX mission is due to be finalised by the end of the year. However, to date, due to long delays, only some 400 mission personnel have arrived in Kosovo (see Europolitics 3586). It is not yet clear how many EULEX experts and when will be deployed to the Serb-controlled north as some EU member states, Sweden in particular, say EULEX should stay outside of this region, leaving the monitoring tasks to the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).The situation is further complicated by the new Serb government's strong reluctance towards the EULEX mission.

Despite being more pro-European and more inclined to diplomatic methods than its predecessor, the new Serbian government is equally opposed to the deployment of the EULEX mission in Kosovo. At a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on 1 October in Berlin, Serbia's President Boris Tadic confirmed that there has been no change in Belgrade's position towards Kosovo since the new government was elected in July. …

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