Monday, July 18, 2005

Key Kosovo Bridge Opens Linking Albanians, Serbs

PRISTINA (AP)--A key Kosovo bridge symbolizing the ethnic divide opened for traffic Monday, police said.

The bridge over the Ibar river in the northern town of Kosovska Mitrovica will remain permanently open in an attempt to bring the divided communities together, said Larry Miller, a spokesman for the U.N. police.

The bridge has in the past six years been the scene of periodic violent clashes between the ethnic Albanian majority, which lives south of the river, and Serb minority, which lives north of it. Last month the NATO peacekeepers handed over control of the bridge to the U.N. police, which prompted protests by the local Serbs.

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

5 comments:

Chris Blaku said...

Prompted protests? Or prompted pockets of rioting and the blocking of the bridge by the Serbs?

Why the soft talk?

Anonymous said...

Gee I guess there were no kids around to chase into the river with dogs...

Oh I forgot, that was another bullshit story made up about the Serbs by the Albanians

Anonymous said...

Has anyone been actually crossing the bridge on foot so far?
Nevertheless, cars are a good thing since people now will at least be able to go past Dolce Vita to neighbrhoods on the far part of the town.

Vigilante said...

This is a detail.

Read Holbrooke's historical Assessment in the Washington Post today.

Nevertheless the bridge over the Ibar river in the northern town of Kosovska Mitrovica will remain an important symbol.

Chris Blaku said...

(Extreme sarcasm) Seriously, can you believe the chior boys of Serbia are demonized by those evil Albanians, what a shame.