Situation in northern Kosovo calmer but "still fragile"

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Edmond Mulet

Efforts to calm tensions in northern Kosovo have paid off, but the situation remains fragile.

That's what the UN envoy Edmond Mulet told members of the Security Council on Wednesday.

Kosovo, a former province of Serbia, declared independence in 2008.

But the northern part of the country is populated by a majority of Ethnic Serbs who reject the secession.

This has led to ongoing clashes between local Serb residents and the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR)

Mulet says the overall situation has improved, and the EU-mediated talks in Brussels between Kosovo and Serbia have resumed.

” The dialogue restarted in November under challenging circumstances, but positive results were achieved during sessions in November and early December, demonstrating that practical agreements, designed to alleviate daily problems are achievable”.

Kosovo and Serbia have an ongoing dispute over the control of two border crossings in northern Kosovo which has led to violent clashes between local Serb residents and the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR).

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