Friday, January 20, 2017

Kosovo Asks EU to Denounce Serbian Torment; Turned Back Train with Sign "Kosovo Is Serbia"

Kosovo's foreign minister has written to his counterparts in the European Union (EU), the United States, and other countries denouncing "numerous acts of provocation and aggression" from Serbia, the VOA News website reports today (January 20, 2017).

The minister, Enver Hoxha, wrote in a three-page letter: "The Republic of Kosovo encourages the European Union... to urge Serbia to remain committed to good neighborly relations and regional cooperation and not interfere in the domestic affairs of other countries..."

Kosovo-Serbia relations reached a crisis moment last weekend when a Serbian train going to Kosovo bearing signs reading "Kosovo is Serbia" and decorated in the colors of the Serbian flag and Greek Orthodox Christian symbols, was turned back from the border with Kosovo.

Kosovo -- a predominantly Islam country -- seceded from Orthodox Serbia and declared itself an independent nation in 2008, but is not recognized by Serbia.

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