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Kosovo Serbs unpleased with ICJ verdict on independence

07-23-2010 09:17 BJT

PRISTINA, July 22 (Xinhua) -- About one thousand local Serbs gathered on Thursday in the northern part of Mitrovica to express their disappointment with an ICJ decision ruling that Kosovo's declaration of independence does not violate international law.

But they later decided to cancel a protest announced earlier in the day.

Head of Mitrovica district Radenko Nedeljkovic appealed to those present to get back home, stressing that "peace and stability is the most important thing at this moment."

Nevertheless, he said he felt upset with the ICJ decision, claiming it showed "there is no justice and truth regarding the Kosovo issue."

Local and international security forces increased on Thursday morning their presence in the Serb-dominated area in northern Kosovo to avoid possible incidents following the ICJ ruling, but no incidents have occurred.

Kosovo and EULEX (EU Rule of Law) police are much more present in northern Mitrovica with the NATO-led peacekeeping forces (KFOR) in alert to assist them if needed.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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