Kosovo imposes ban on Serbian imports

Ethnic Serbs face shortages

Serbian media are reporting shortages of food and medicine in northern Kosovo due to a trade embargo imposed by Pristina. The predominantly ethnic Serbs living in the towns of Lesak, Leposavic and nortnern Mitrovica are running low on bread, milk, meat and sugar products after the mainly ethnic Albanian government in Pristina imposed the ban earlier this month. NATO peacekeeping forces took control of border crossings on Thursday after clashes with local Serbs left one Kosovar police officer killed and four others injured. While the border remains closed to trucks, private cars have been allowed to pass, according to Serbian state television reports. The trade embargo is seen as a response to Serbia’s banning of imports from Kosovo, whose 2008 declaration of independence let Belgrade to refuse recognition of any government in Pristina. More than 90 per cent of Kosovo’s imported food comes from Serbia.


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