EU mission takes control of north Kosovo customs

The move came a year after Serbs set fire to the two gates bordering Serbia two days after the mainly Albanian region declared independence from Serbia.

EU mission takes control of north Kosovo customs

A European Union police and justice mission took control of two customs posts in northern Kosovo on Sunday.

The move came a year after Serbs set fire to the two gates bordering Serbia two days after the mainly Albanian region declared independence from Serbia.

"From today we have started to register the commercial goods arriving at gate 1 and 31," said Karin Limdal, spokeswoman for the EU mission (EULEX), referring to the gates that were destroyed last year.

She said the EU mission would only register goods and that people passing through would not have to pay custom taxes.

"This is not something for EULEX to decide. It is a political question that will be discussed later on," she said.

Kosovo Serb nationalist leader Marko Jaksic is uneasy with the progress, saying the EULEX move was "unacceptable and provocative".

"This is a move towards the creation and cementing the Kosovo's state," Jaksic told Reuters. "We will wait for our state, Serbia, to act very strongly."

NATO's 1999 bombing campaign stopped Serbian ethnic cleansing against ethnic Albanians.

The EU has a 1,900-strong police force as well as customs agents, judges and prosecutors in Kosovo.

The Kosovo government, which has yet to control the northern areas bordering Serbia, says it is losing millions of euros due to smuggling with goods illegally entering from the north.

Reuters

Last Mod: 01 Şubat 2009, 20:07
Add Comment