Thaci announces border deal with NATO

Kosovo prime minister Hashim Thaci on Friday announced he had reached a deal with NATO over two disputed border posts, which could settle the crisis that has engulfed Kosovo’s majority Serb north.

The government in Pristina “has reached an agreement for preserving the newly established situation at the border,” Thaci said.

“Kosovo has finally managed to establish full control on its borders,” he added.

“This is the biggest success we have achieved since the declaration of independence of the republic of Kosovo,” he said of the deal, which he had initially rejected.

Under the agreement, the disputed crossings would be named military security zones and manned by NATO’s KFOR troops, and would effectively remain closed for security reasons, he added.

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