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Serbian delegation stoned in Kosovo

04 April 2012, 22:29 CET
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(PRISTINA) - A Serbian delegation was stoned in Pristina Wednesday as it was heading to a meeting with Kosovo officials dedicated to the implementation of agreements reached in EU-sponsored talks, police said.

"The convoy of the delegation of the Republic of Serbia, which was followed by Kosovo police officials, was attacked with stones around 4:00 pm (1400 GMT)," police spokesman Baki Kelani said in a statement.

"Two cars of the delegation were slightly damaged, while there were no injuries" of the passengers, he added.

"Members of the delegation were offered medical help but they refused saying they did not suffer any injury and did not need it," Kelani said.

However, in a separate statement released in Belgrade, Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic said one person was slightly injured in the incident.

Cvetkovic "sent a strong protest" to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and international officials deployed in Kosovo, demanding "an urgent probe and attackers to be brought to justice".

One attacker was arrested at the scene, Kelani said.

Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008 and it has been recognised by 89 countries, including most of the European Union members and the United States.

But Belgrade and Kosovo Serbs reject the decision and still consider Kosovo as Serbia's southern province.

Since early 2011 however, Kosovo and Serbia have been engaged in an EU-sponsored dialogue aimed at solving everyday problems that both Serbs and Albanians face in the territory.

Several agreements that should improve the lives of all inhabitants of Kosovo have been reached so far.

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