Monday, June 4, 2012

Sporadic problems over Serbian license plates

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA – The Kosovo police have continued implementing the decision on seizure of Serbian license plates with initials of Kosovo towns and in the past two days confiscated two pairs of such plates, whereas drivers using the "contentious" plates are not being penalized for now.

At the administrative crossings Brnjak and Jarinje in northern Kosovo, at which EULEX officers are deployed, drivers are verbally warned that they should not use the license plates with initials of Kosovo towns issued by Serbia.

Kosovo Police Regional Spokesperson Besim Hoti told Tanjug that the police in the region of Kosovska Mitrovica seized two pairs of such license plates in the past two days.

Hoti pointed out the order issued by the Kosovo government and the Interior Ministry on seizure of all license plates with initials of Kosovo towns came into force two days ago, and added that the police will continue to implement the decision.

Serbian Minister of Kosovo-Metohija Goran Bogdanovic told Tanjug that the plates pose a problem, but that Pristina and EULEX should not consider the problem unilaterally.

Bogdanovic said that dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina in Brussels included the freedom of movement in the scope of which usage of license plates in Kosovo was mentioned.

"It was agreed then that old license plates can be used until the political status of the area is resolved. We have to continue with the political dialogue as soon as possible, because it is obvious that we will have problems with license plates, electricity and telecommunications until we resolve the status of northern Kosovo," Bogdanovic concluded.

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