NATO and the UN police in Kosovo are reportedly planning to tighten their control over northern Kosovo.
The move would come in case Kosovo declares its independence unliaterally after talks on its future end next month, Balkan Insight reported on its website.
The action would be aimed at preventing Serb-run areas from joining Serbia, an international diplomat told the online publication Monday.
The UN police and the NATO-led KFOR peacekeepers are “are planning to take over Serb-run Kosovo police stations” in the ethnically-divided city of Kosovska Mitrovica, the neighboring municipality of Zvečan and the towns of Zubin Potok and Leposavić, the Belgrade-based diplomat said on condition of anonymity.
“KFOR will also gradually seal the border between Kosovo’s north and Serbia. After completing that action, KFOR will mount a series of raids aimed at discovering weapons caches in Serb communities and at arresting potential troublemakers,” the source said.
Referring to the planned moves, the diplomat said that that “through this action, KFOR will also send a message to Serbia’s leadership to stay out of meddling in Kosovo’s affairs.”