The Slovenia Times

Tensions in Kosovo


Responding to the latest tensions that arose in Kosovo last week when Kosovo special police tried to assume control over two border crossings, the ministry said that a solution should be worked out in the framework of the EU-sponsored talks between Prishtina and Belgrade.

Both sides should try to make the best of EU special representative Robert Cooper's visit to the region and resume the talks that could ease the tensions and allow the people to continue their everyday lives, the ministry said in a press release.

"Establishing a sustainable stability, security and development of the region is only possible through a European future for all the Western Balkan countries," the ministry said, adding that leaders of both countries should devote all their efforts to securing such a future for their nations.

Slovenia will continue to support the international community's efforts for securing peace, security and stability in Kosovo politically and through its troops taking part in the NATO-led KFOR mission and its police officers in the EU-led EULEX mission in Kosovo.

The Defence Ministry meanwhile told the STA that it will not send new troops to Kosovo, where currently 317 members of different units of the Slovenian Armed Forces, including 26 contract reserve soldiers, are stationed. The statement came after a call from NATO requesting additional troops to be deployed to Kosovo.

The Foreign Ministry moreover said that Slovenia is willing to continue to cooperate with both countries in their search for a solution, due to its good relations with both Serbia and Kosovo.


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