Kosovo president meets with politicians to resolve crisis

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Posted: Oct 19, 2015 12:05 PM

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga met with parliamentary leaders in her nation Monday in an attempt to resolve a dispute over political deals with Serbia and Montenegro.

The opposition has used tear gas and thrown eggs at Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa in parliament, calling on the government to withdraw from deals with Serbia to give more powers to the Serb-dominated areas in Kosovo and with Montenegro on border demarcation.

The premier has said he is determined to continue EU-mediated talks with Serbia and accused the opposition of trying to come to power in a non-democratic way.

Mustafa welcomed the move and expressed readiness to discuss "the country's development." The opposition leaders agreed but they also said that will not change their stand against the deals with Serbia.

Samuel Zbogar of the European Union Office in Kosovo considered Jahjaga's move the "right step toward resolving current situation."

"We urge political parties to show responsibility and find solution through the dialogue for the sake of Kosovo future," he said on Twitter.

Kosovo unilaterally declared independence in 2008, a move not recognized by Serbia.