Kosovo: Serbia not recognizing its borders threatens peace

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s government says recent comments from Serbia’s president not recognizing its borders threaten peace and security.

A statement Friday said Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s words a day earlier not recognizing Kosovo’s internationally accepted borders “are unacceptable and introduce a serious threat of Kosovo’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.”

It added they “threaten peace, stability and security in Kosovo, the region and wider.”

Kosovo-Serbia ties have been strained after Pristina’s decision to set a 100 percent import tariff on Serb and Bosnian goods until Belgrade recognizes its sovereignty and stops preventing it from joining international organizations.

The European Union-facilitated dialogue between the two countries, which started in 2011, has stalled, with Belgrade saying it won’t take part until the tariff is lifted.

Serbia does not accept Kosovo’s 2008 independence.

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