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Macron urges Belgrade, Pristina to show 'responsiblity'

Paris could review Kosovo's visa-free travel for EU in 2024

17 October, 18:12

(ANSA-AFP) - TIRANA, OCT 17 - French President Emmanuel Macron called Tuesday on both Belgrade and Pristina to show responsibility to calm simmering tensions and warned Paris could review Kosovo's visa-free travel for EU in 2024 otherwise. Last month's shooting in Kosovo's volatile north near border with Serbia, that killed a Kosovo police officer, triggered one of the gravest escalations for years in the ethnic Albanian-majority former Serbian breakaway province. It is Serbian President Aleksandar "Vucic's responsibility to condemn in the strongest possible terms the September 24 actions" and "help restore calm at the border", Macron told a press conference in Tirana referring to the violence. A close Vucic ally had at first admitted to leading the Serb commando that ambushed a Kosovo police patrol, but then denied it when questioned by prosecutors in Belgrade. Even before the shooting, tensions had been high in Kosovo's north for months, after Pristina's decision in May to install ethnic Albanian mayors in four Serb-majority municipalities. (ANSA-AFP).
   

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