In a statement provided for BIRN and Koha, EU foreign policy spokesperson Maja Kocijancic called on Pristina and Belgrade to show restraint in face of recent developments in the north of Kosovo.
“We are in contact with leadership in Pristina and Belgrade and we have called for outmost restraint”, Kocijancic said.
Kocijancic said that support for the rule of law, including presumption of innocence, is an objective that EU strongly supports. “Police operations should bring trust in the rule of law for all communities. Such operations should strengthen not impair efforts for normalisation”, she added.
“Police operation in Mitrovica targeting suspected individuals from the entire region and other parts of Kosovo, based on court orders, should be carried out in accordance to the law and communicated adequately”, Kocijancic said adding that the EU believes that more police and judicial cooperation in necessary for all actors by fully respecting the Brussels agreement.