3-meter tall concrete blocks at administrative crossings

Members of international missions deployed at the administrative crossing of Brnjak have erected concrete blocks over three meters tall "for security reasons".

Source: Tanjug

The checkpoint is located on the administrative line between northern Kosovo and central Serbia.

Tanjug news agency said on Wednesday that its reporter saw the blocks put up to shield boxes used by members of NATO and EU missions, KFOR and EULEX.

Brnjak, located on the Ribariće-Zubin Potok road, previously on several occasions came under attack from unknown perpetrators, who used hand grenades, said the agency.

At the entrance to the checkpoint, EULEX personnel are carrying out checks of vehicles, while French KFOR troops are also present at the location.

About 20 various KFOR vehicles, along with several others belonging to EULEX, can be seen at Brnjak.

NATO might "increase presence"

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen stated on Wednesday that the security situation in Kosovo has improved, but announced that the Alliance might increase the number of its soldiers in northern Kosovo "in order to suppress random acts of violence".

NATO's defense ministers discussed the security situation in Kosovo in Brussels on Wednesday, and "affirmed that KFOR continues to play an indispensable role there", said the NATO website.

Rasmussen said a lot of progress has already been made in Kosovo over the last months.

"The security situation on the ground has improved. As a result of the combined efforts by KFOR and EULEX there is now greater freedom of movement," the Secretary General pointed out.

NATO and the European Union closely coordinate their work in Kosovo to make sure that the security conditions are in place for the political process to move ahead, Rasmussen underlined.

There are currently 6,148 troops deployed as part of the KFOR mission in Kosovo.

He added that the KFOR mission and its commander, Major General Volker Halbauer, have NATO's full support.

On the political front, Ministers welcomed the relaunching of the dialogue between Belgrade and Priština facilitated by the Eur


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