Kosovo Assembly adopts resolution banning construction of wall in Mitrovica

ata_maliPRISTINA – Kosovo Assembly adopted on Thursday a resolution ordering a halt to the building of a concrete wall on the Serb-dominated northern side of the city of Mitrovica.

The resolution, calling for the demolition of the wall-like structure in the northern Mitrovica within next month was proposed by the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo and was adopted by a majority of 74 votes.

The draft resolution was backed by all parliamentary groups in Kosovo Assembly, with no one voting against the move.

The building of the two-metre-high concrete wall near the side of the Ibar Bridge that ethnically divides the northern town of Mitrovica started earlier this month, triggering the reaction of Kosovo public and officials.

The European Union and the United States also have opposed building of the wall at a time when Pristina and Belgrade are holding EU-mediated dialogue to reconcile their differences.