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Kosovo says French police have detained its former premier

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Kosovo's former prime minister Ramush Haradinaj gestures during an interview with The Associated Press in Kosovo's capital Pristina.  Kosovo's foreign ministry said in a statement Wednesday Jan. 4, 2017,  that French police have detained Haradinaj based on an arrest warrant issued by Serbia. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu, FILE)

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, April 22, 2008, Kosovo's former prime minister Ramush Haradinaj gestures during an interview with The Associated Press in Kosovo's capital Pristina. Kosovo's foreign ministry said in a statement Wednesday Jan. 4, 2017, that French police have detained Haradinaj based on an arrest warrant issued by Serbia. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu, FILE)  (The Associated Press)

Kosovo's foreign ministry says that French police have detained the country's former prime minister based on an arrest warrant issued by Serbia.

Ramush Haradinaj, who is also a former guerrilla fighter, was stopped as he flew in from Kosovo's capital, Pristina, on Wednesday.

The foreign ministry said the arrest warrant issued by Serbia was "unacceptable." Kosovo's government said in a statement it is trying to resolve the matter.

Haradinaj was cleared of war crimes charges in two lengthy trials by a U.N. war crimes tribunal. But Serbia accuses him of committing war crimes including kidnappings, torture and killings against Serb civilians when he was a senior rebel commander in western Kosovo during the 1998-99 war.

Kosovo seceded from Serbia in 2008.

Haradinaj's party is now in opposition.