Protestors block Serbian leader on Kosovo trip

Protestors block Serbian leader on Kosovo tripHundreds of Kosovar Albanians blocked access to a village due to be visited by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic Sunday, an AFP journalist said, as a festering row over Kosovo independence clouds hopes that the war foes can normalise relations. Demonstrators used vehicles and tree trunks to create a barricade on the main road between Mitrovica, in the north of Kosovo, and the village of Banje, a Serbian enclave some 60 kilometres (40 miles) away. “Vucic does not pass” and “Those who committed genocide against innocent civilians cannot pass” read messages on placards at the blockade, which according to Serbian state television RTS was one of five set up by protesters to cut off all road access to Banje.


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Serbia's president says he is committed to compromise with Kosovo

Serbia's president says he is committed to compromise with KosovoVucic and Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci abruptly called off a face-to-face meeting in Brussels on Friday, where the two sides were expected to discuss a land swap plan for the first time. Thousands of Serbs living in Kosovo gathered in the Serbian-controlled northern part of the divided town of Mitrovica to hear Vucic speaking on Sunday. “We want to be part of European Union, (Kosovo) Albanians are looking for a visa-free travel regime with the EU and to get that we need to live together, we need to live next to each other,” Vucic told the crowd, who were waving Serbian flags.


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Serbia's Vucic says long road ahead in talks with Kosovo

Serbia's Vucic says long road ahead in talks with KosovoExpectations of an agreement that would involve a land swap, a proposal floated by both Belgrade and Pristina, dimmed after a face-to-face meeting between Vucic and his Kosovo counterpart, Hashim Thaci, was abruptly canceled on Friday. “I will do my best (to reach the agreement), but it is a long road full of thorns and problems ahead,” Vucic told reporters during a visit to the Gazivoda Lake dam, control of which is a hot topic between Belgrade and Pristina. Part of the artificial Gazivoda Lake — key for supplying water to some Kosovo municipalities including parts of Pristina — is located in Serbia, where the source of its water lies.


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