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Serb wall in Kosovo city pulled down with no incidents

  • Kosovo Serbs look as bulldozers tear down a concrete wall erected in the northern city of Mitrovica on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2017, that has provoked tensions between Kosovo and neighboring Serbia. The wall removal followed an agreement between the government with the country's ethnic Serb minority, facilitated by the European Union and the United States embassy. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

    Kosovo Serbs look as bulldozers tear down a concrete wall erected in the northern city of Mitrovica on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2017, that has provoked tensions between Kosovo and neighboring Serbia. The wall removal followed an agreement between the government with the country's ethnic Serb minority, facilitated by the European Union and the United States embassy. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bulldozers tear down a concrete wall erected in the northern city of Mitrovica on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2017, that has provoked tensions between Kosovo and neighboring Serbia. The wall removal followed an agreement between the government with the country's ethnic Serb minority, facilitated by the European Union and the United States embassy . (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

    Bulldozers tear down a concrete wall erected in the northern city of Mitrovica on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2017, that has provoked tensions between Kosovo and neighboring Serbia. The wall removal followed an agreement between the government with the country's ethnic Serb minority, facilitated by the European Union and the United States embassy . (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ethnic Albanians walk in the bridge near a concrete wall erected in the northern city of Mitrovica on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2017, that has provoked tensions between Kosovo and neighboring Serbia as it was being pulled down. The move followed an agreement between the government with the country's ethnic Serb minority, facilitated by the European Union and the United States embassy . (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

    Ethnic Albanians walk in the bridge near a concrete wall erected in the northern city of Mitrovica on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2017, that has provoked tensions between Kosovo and neighboring Serbia as it was being pulled down. The move followed an agreement between the government with the country's ethnic Serb minority, facilitated by the European Union and the United States embassy . (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)  (The Associated Press)

A concrete wall erected in the northern Kosovo city of Mitrovica that has provoked tensions between Kosovo and neighboring Serbia has been pulled down.

The move followed an agreement between the government and the country's ethnic Serb minority, facilitated by the European Union and the United States embassy.

The wall's destruction by two excavators on Sunday was not accompanied by any incidents. Police forces were on high alert.

The border tensions started with the wall in December and increased other incidents in January, including a Serbian nationalist train that was stopped at the border.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but Serbia has not recognized it as a separate country, seeking to maintain influence in northern Kosovo where most of the Serb minority lives.