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Tensions in Kosovo –

According to the news, a car and two trucks were arrested at the Mirdar border crossing on Friday. Trucks were seized and passengers returned from the border.

In Serbia, a referendum will be held on Sunday to change the judicial part of the constitution to ensure the independence of the judiciary. People must answer yes or no to support a parliamentary decision on the amendment. Reform is necessary to bring Serbia into line with EU standards and closer to EU membership.

Belgrade wants the Serb minority in Kosovo to have a say on this issue. However, the Kosovar authorities have indicated that Serbs living in Kosovo can only vote by mail or cast their votes at the Serbian mission in Pristina. In the past, it was common to establish polling stations in Serb-majority areas.

On Friday, the Kosovo government said that no other country could hold a referendum on the territory of an independent state and declared the practice, in force since 2012, unconstitutional.

Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but Belgrade has since refused to recognize it and continues to consider its predominantly Albanian territory its southern province. There are about 100,000 Serb minorities in Kosovo who support Belgrade and want to participate in Serbian politics.

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