BELGRADE, Serbia, July 31 (UPI) — The Serbian government issued a declaration Sunday in Belgrade denouncing the breakaway province of Kosovo for unilaterally imposing customs border controls.
Debate on the wording of the resolution began Saturday afternoon and continued into the early hours of Sunday, Radio B92 reported.
The government of President Boris Tadic is upset that Kosovo Albanian authorities announced this week they were going to open customs clearing offices at the Serbian border.
Tadic repeatedly stressed the dispute should be resolved without violence, the report said.
Kosovo is predominantly inhabited by ethnic Albanians, along with a minority of Serbs. Violence between the two sides led to the United Nations and European Union sending in military and diplomatic presences.
With Serbia aspiring to eventual membership in the European Union, it has had to make concessions to Kosovo’s status while still trying to represent the Serbs who live there.
The resolution passed Sunday called for a peaceful resolution to “the crisis caused by the unilateral act” and called for international support from the likes of the United Nations and European Union, the report said.