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The Latest: Serbian Security Council to Hold Crisis Meeting

Monday, 26 March 2018 12:37 PM

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The Latest on Kosovo-Serbia tensions (all times local):

6:20 p.m.

Serbian state television says the country's top security body will hold an emergency meeting following the arrest of a Serbian government official in northern Kosovo.

The RTS report says Serbia's president, Aleksandar Vucic, has called the meeting of the National Security Council for 1730 GMT (1 p.m. EDT) in Belgrade, the capital.

The meeting of the council that comprises top state and security officials was earlier planned for Tuesday morning.

Serbian TV has reported that Kosovo police arrested Serbia's chief negotiator in EU-mediated talks with Kosovo, Marko Djuric, on Monday and fired tear gas and stun grenades at Serb protesters in northern Kosovo.

Kosovo police said they sent reinforcements to stop four senior Serb officials from visiting Kosovo's north. But two of them arrived in the Serb-part of the divided town of Mitrovica later Monday.

5:45 p.m.

Serbian state television says Kosovo police have arrested one Serb official and fired tear gas and stun grenades at Serb protesters in northern Kosovo.

Kosovo police said Monday they have sent reinforcements to stop four senior Serb officials from visiting Kosovo's north. But two of them arrived in the Serb-part of the divided town of Mitrovica later Monday.

Serbia's state Tanjug news agency said that Serbia's defense minister, the chief Serb negotiator in the EU-mediated talks between Kosovo and Serbia, a senior aide of President Aleksandar Vucic and the country's culture minister were banned from entering Kosovo.

State TV reported that Marko Djuric, the Serb negotiator, was arrested which triggered protests and the firing of tear gas and stun grenades.

1 p.m.

Kosovo police say they have sent reinforcements to stop four senior Serb officials from visiting Kosovo's north.

Serbia's state Tanjug news agency said that Serbia's defense minister, the chief Serb negotiator in the EU-mediated talks between Kosovo and Serbia, a senior aide of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and the country's culture minister were banned from entering Kosovo on Monday.

Serb officials earlier said they would hold the visit despite the decision by Kosovo authorities to prohibit their entry.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but Belgrade does not recognize the split and is seeking to maintain influence in Kosovo's north, where most of the country's Serb minority is located.

Serb officials must seek official clearance from Kosovo's authorities before any visit.

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