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Kosovo. A fight broke out in the parliament between the politicians of the ruling camp and the opposition

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A fight broke out in Kosovo’s parliament, with politicians throwing objects at each other and jostling each other. The dispute required police intervention.

Chaos erupted after an opposition party politician splashed water on Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti and Deputy Prime Minister Besnik Bislimi, who were speaking at the time about de-escalating tensions in the north of the country. This caused an immediate angry reaction from the politicians present, who began jostling and throwing objects until the police arrived and intervened.

Assembly leader Glauk Konjufca of the centre-left Self-Definition party declared the events “unacceptable” and then delayed the meeting for two hours.

A fight broke out in the Kosovo parliament between politicians from the ruling camp and the oppositionAbaca/PAP

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Protests against Albanian politicians taking the posts of mayors of the local municipalities have been taking place since May in the cities of northern Kosovo dominated by the Serbian population. They assumed their functions after the by-elections, in which the turnout was about 3.5 percent.

Clashes between Serbs and soldiers of the NATO peacekeeping mission in Kosovo (KFOR) took place in Zvečan. Dozens of people on both sides were injured in the riots. In response to these events, the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg sent an additional 700 NATO troops to Kosovo.

READ MORE: Clashes between Serbian demonstrators and NATO peacekeeping forces. Many soldiers wounded

NATO security forces in KosovoReuters

At the end of June in Brussels, Prime Minister Kurti and the President Serbia Aleksandar Vucic met separately with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell to discuss steps to ease tensions between the countries. President Vucic informed after the meeting that the talks had not produced any results. The following week, Borrell remarked that “European Union countries have lost patience with the tensions between Serbia and Kosovo.

KosovoPAP/Adam Ziemienowicz

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Main photo source: Abaca/PAP



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