Kosovo Delays Restrictions on Serbs After Tensions Rise

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Authorities in Kosovo have delayed the implementation of new rules that would ban Serbian license plates and other identification documents in a bid to ease tensions that rose as a result of the planned restrictions.
The restrictions would require ethnic Serbs in the north to apply for documents issued by Kosovo. Serbs in the area have used licenses issued by Serbia since Kosovo declared independence from Belgrade, and many refuse to recognize the authority of Pristina, the capital of Kosovo.
The restrictions were set to be enacted with a 60-day transition period for Serbs to obtain Kosovo license places. Pristina was also set to enact a new rule requiring Serbs to get an extra document to enter Kosovo from Serbia starting August 1st.
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Tensions rise on Serbia-Kosovo border
Aug.1, 2022

The implementation of Kosovo’s decision that would force Serbs in the northern part of the region to use Kosovo license plates instead of Serbian ones has been postponed until September 1. Earlier, Serbs residing in the northern part of Kosovo began to protest against the plan, Izvestia writes.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said in an address that Belgrade continued to strive for regional peace at any price and urged Serbs to resist provocations. He also called on the countries who had recognized Kosovo’s independence to exert influence on the self-proclaimed republic’s authorities.

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