No solution for Serbia-Kosovo conflict yet

No solution for Serbia-Kosovo conflict yetSerbia's prime minister has blamed Kosovo for the collapse of EU-mediated talks as tensions escalate in the Balkans, AP reported on Friday.

Aleksandar Vucic said the Kosovo leaders' "only goal" is to storm into Serb-populated northern Kosovo.

"They don't want any agreement," he said.

Vucic's comments follow a Brussels meeting on Wednesday between the Serbian and Kosovo presidents and prime ministers that was convened by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. The meeting finished abruptly and no further session has been planned.

Mogherini has urged the countries to normalize ties "both to preserve peace and advance towards the European Union."

On the other hand, Kosovo's president on Thursday has called on the European Union and NATO to warn Serbia against inciting a new conflict in Kosovo and the region.

In a statement, issued after Wednesday's meeting, President Hashim Thaci accused Belgrade of inciting inter-ethnic hatred in northern Kosovo.

Tensions have been building since December when Kosovo Serbs erected a wall at a bridge in the divided town of Mitrovica, seen as a provocation by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority.

Tensions boiled in January when Serbia sent a train painted with slogans declaring “Kosovo is Serbia” to its neighbor.

Serbia's president has warned of an armed intervention if Kosovo Serbs are "jeopardized." Kosovo declared independence in 2008, but Serbia has not recognized it as a separate country.
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