BRUSSELS – A senior European Union official has urgently called the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo following a recent spike in tensions between the two countries.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini encouraged them to put aside their differences and work harder for normalizing their relations, according to a statement issued late Tuesday.
Tensions starting building in December when the Serb minority erected a wall at a bridge in Mitrovica to keep out ethnic Albanians and others.
The friction increased in early January with the detention of Ramush Haradinaj, a former Kosovo prime minister, and days later when a Serbian train with signs reading "Kosovo is Serbia" was turned back from the border with Kosovo.
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but that hasn't been recognized by Belgrade.