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Kosovo Albanians block roads to prevent Serb rally

Albanians in Kosovo have blocked roads to prevent the local Serb minority and people coming from Serbia from holding an electoral rally.

The local media on Wednesday said Albanians raised roadblocks to stop some 60 buses from Serbia and more from the local population from reaching a rally in Leposavic.

President Hashim Thaci, invoking the right to freedom of assembly, strongly denounced the roadblocks as "unacceptable."

Serbian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Aleksandar Vucic on Tuesday abandoned plans to campaign among the minority Serbs in Kosovo, saying he was not prepared to abide by the conditions set by the Kosovo government.

Tensions between the two countries have risen in the past four months following a series of incidents.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but Serbia has not recognized it.