Kosovo-Serbia flare-up fears over car number plate row

The EU and Serbia have warned that violence could erupt in Kosovo after EU-mediated talks failed to resolve a dispute over Serbian car number plates.

The Kosovan authorities want the ethnic Serb minority to surrender their Serbian-issued plates. Serbia does not recognise Kosovan independence.

Kosovo police plan to issue fines of €150 (£130; $154), starting Tuesday, to holders of Serbian-issued plates.

The US wants that move delayed and has urged concessions to maintain peace.

Kosovo argues that licence plates predating the territory’s 1999 war for independence from Serbia can no longer be valid. It says the 50,000 Serbs in northern Kosovo, who only accept local Serb institutions, must now use Kosovo plates issued in Pristina.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said many hours of talks had failed to resolve the long-running dispute.

“I think that there is an important responsibility on the sides of both leaders for the failure of the talks today and for any escalation and…

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