13 September 2010
Head of EULEX, Yves de Kermabon, condemned the Saturday evening’s violent clashes, which left one of the mission members wounded, underlining that EULEX will not tolerate such unlawful behaviour.
“EULEX strongly condemns the perpetrators of the violent clashes in Mitrovicë/Mitrovica last night where, in attempting to restore order, one EULEX police officer was wounded when shots were fired in the direction of the EULEX Formed Police Units and Molotov Cocktails were also thrown. One Kosovo Police Officer was also slightly injured”, said de Kermabon to reporters during a news conference.
He made these comments upon his return from the German military hospital in Prizren where he visited the injured EULEX police officer who is being treated for bullet wounds.
On Saturday evening (11 September), following the semi-finals basketball match, groups of Kosovo Albanian and Kosovo Serbs clashed at the Mitrovicë/Mitrovica bridge.
“These acts of senseless hooliganism have no place in any democratic society and need to be condemned by all”, said de Kermabon.
Furthermore, he added that EULEX will not tolerate such unlawful behaviour and is ready to take whatever measures are required, in conjunction with the Kosovo Police and KFOR, to ensure that any repetition of such events will be vigorously dealt with.