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Incidents in northern Kosovo

Published on August 2, 2011
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Spokesman

Paris, July 28, 2011

France condemns the violence perpetrated against border posts 1 and 31 during the night of 27-28 July in northern Kosovo. We call for an immediate end to all violence.

We commend the resolute action of the security force in Kosovo (KFOR), which allowed peace to be restored, and ask the populations concerned, along with the Kosovo and Serbian authorities, to cooperate with KFOR, as well as with the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX).

We urge the authorities in charge to take all necessary measures to ensure a return to calm, in close consultation with KFOR and the EULEX mission.

The only way to resolve the outstanding issues between Serbia and Kosovo is through dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, under the auspices of the European Union.

Reconciliation requires joint determination to reach a compromise. Today we urge the two parties to share this determination and forge ahead./.

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