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Roads in the north deadly even for EU officials (Koha Ditore)

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The paper reports on the front page that the armed attack against EULEX in the northern part of Kosovo on Thursday morning left one customs official dead and two others injured. The attack happened four months after customs officer started using land routes to travel to the border crossing points in the north. Before they were transported there by helicopter. Meanwhile, representatives of the U.S., the European Union, Kosovo and Serbia said this attack won’t stop the implementation of the agreement for the normalization of relations between Pristina and Belgrade.

The attack showed that roads in the northern part of Kosovo have become deadly even for EU officials. The armed attack, which resulted in the killing of a Lithuanian member of EULEX, was seen as an effort to damage the dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade and the destabilization of northern Kosovo. They are committed not allow this to happen.

Customs officials started using land routes on June 20 this year and it was seen as a big success by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton who said that it was a result of dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia in Brussels. However, Thursday’s armed attack showed that the routes in northern Kosovo are dangerous not only for Kosovo customs officials but for EULEX staff too.

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