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Explosion rocks EU office in Pristina

Text by AFP

Latest update : 2008-11-14

An explosive device was thrown into the courtyard of European Union Special Representative for Kosovo Pieter Feith's office in Pristina. The blast blew out the windows of the building but there were no reports of casualties.

The European Union condemned late Friday a blast at its envoy's office in Kosovo, but said it was determined to press ahead with its controversial police and justice mission there.
   
"The presidency of the European Council firmly condemns the attack on Friday evening in front of the office of the European Union special representative to Kosovo," said a statement from France, which holds the rotating EU presidency.
   
The presidency "reaffirms the determination of the European Union to work toward establishing the rule of law in Kosovo for the benefit of its entire population, through the European police and justice mission," it said.
   
The explosive device was thrown into the courtyard of the International Civilian Office (ICO) run by EU special envoy Pieter Feith of the Netherlands in Pristina at around 5:30 pm (1630 GMT), a Kosovo police spokesman said.
   
Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leaders in February unilaterally declared independence from Serbia, which has refused to accept the secession.
   
More than 50 states, including the United States and most EU members, have recognised Kosovo's independence.
   
The explosion came as the EU hopes to see its 2,000-strong police and justice mission in Kosovo (EULEX) become fully operational next month.
   
Kosovar authorities have rejected a deal between Serbia and the EU on the deployment of the force in Serb-dominated areas, saying the arrangement goes against Kosovo's sovereignty.
   
Under the deal, which must be approved by the UN Security Council, the EULEX presence in Kosovo would not imply a recognition of its independence.
   
The United States and European allies have launched an intense diplomatic effort to convince Kosovo to support the agreement.

Date created : 2008-11-14

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