Kosovo's premier invites opposition to talks to solve crisis

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Posted: Dec 04, 2015 10:45 AM

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister has invited the opposition to talks on deals with Serbia and Montenegro that have plunged the country into a political crisis.

Isa Mustafa on Friday said citizens expect them "to leave aside the differences and work together."

The talks may prove difficult as the opposition has asked the government to renounce the deals, hold a referendum on them, or call fresh elections.

Over the past three months the opposition has blocked Kosovo's Parliament with tear gas, pepper spray, whistles and water bottles to protest against a deal with Serbia that gives more powers to ethnic-Serb communities in Kosovo and another with Montenegro on border demarcation. Their supporters have held violent protests in Pristina.

Kosovo in 2008 declared independence from Serbia, an act that Serbia still rejects.