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