Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Kosovo police deny Serb members attacked in divided town

Pristina, 24 May: Kosovo Police Service [KPS] spokesman Shaban Tasholi has denied that two Serb KPS members were attacked last night in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, which is mainly inhabited by Serbs.

"We have no information that a clash occurred between a group of seven Serbs and two Serb members of the KPS, as relayed by Radio Blue Sky, citing unnamed police sources in Kosovska Mitrovica," Tasholi told the SRNA agency.

The chairman of the Community of Serb Municipalities of Kosovo-Metohija, Marko Jaksic, said this information was fabricated and an attempt to turn any clash or the smallest incident into a Serb showdown with members of the Kosovo institutions or UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo].

Jaksic pointed out that last night there was a physical clash between a young Serb man and a certain Vojinovic - a Kosovo policeman who was off duty - in a cafe bar in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, which those with ill-intentions attempted to use by describing it as an attack on the Kosovo Police Service.

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