NATO expands Kosovo border crossing with Serbia

AP News
Posted: Oct 13, 2011 8:06 AM

A NATO spokesman in Kosovo says peacekeepers have set up a checkpoint on a dirt road between Kosovo and Serbia used by minority Serbs to bypass an official customs point and avoid EU and Kosovo officials.

Cmdr. Frank Martins said NATO-led peacekeepers expanded the border crossing Thursday and are supporting EU officials that check cars coming from Serbia.

The route was set up by minority Serbs to defy Kosovo's attempt to establish a customs checkpoint with Serbia. NATO and Serb protesters clashed last month when peacekeepers closed down the road.

Serbs in Kosovo's north say the presence of Kosovo-run customs validates the former Serbian province's 2008 declaration of independence, a move rejected by Belgrade.