PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro (AP) - NATO-led peacekeepers plan to hand over the control of a key bridge symbolizing Kosovo's ethnic divided to the province's police, the force said Wednesday.
The bridge over Ibar river in the northern town of Kosovska Mitrovica has in the past six years been the scene of periodical violent clashes between ethnic Albanian majority, which lives south of the river, and Serb minority, which lives north of it.
The peacekeepers will hand the bridge over to the police on June 6, police said in a statement. If the hand over goes smoothly, it would mark an easing of tensions between the communities ahead of key talks to determine the province's future.
NATO-led force has been patrolling this disputed U.N.-run province since 1999, following the alliances' war against Serb forces in the province.