JARINJE, Kosovo, Aug. 2 (UPI) — NATO’s Kosovo force has barred entry of vehicles carrying food, medical supplies and heating fuel to Serbs in northern Kosovo, a news agency reports.
KFOR soldiers have “an order” to stop vehicles carrying the goods through the entry point at Jarinje, drivers were told, B92 reported, citing the Tanjug news agency.
The supplies have been delivered to Serbs in northern Kosovo from central Serbia through checkpoints at Brnjak and Jarinje.
Tanjug reported only cars are being allowed to pass through the Jarinje checkpoint.
Milk and bread have reached northern Kosovo in smaller vehicles at Brnjak, Tanjug reported.
Serbs, who erected barricades and staged peaceful protests against Kosovo Albanian efforts to take control of the checkpoints, spent an eighth night at barricades near Zupce and Rudare and in Leposavic, blocking a road to Jarinje.
Serbian government officials arrived in Kosovo Monday night and were expected to meet Tuesday with Erhard Buehler, the KFOR commander, after discussions with EU mediator Robert Cooper in Raska.
Kosovo sent police to the northern border last week to enforce a trade embargo on Serbia.
NATO forces were sent to quell violence.
Kosovar Prime Minister Hashim Thaci blamed Serbia for the skirmish but Serbian President Boris Tadic was quoted by Russia’s state-run news agency, RIA Novosti, as saying his country “will not go to war” over border violence.