Interview 13 Feb 17

Mitrovica Bridge Still Dividing Instead of Uniting Kosovo

Kosovo, Serbian and international actors are going from one mistake to another as they try to resolve the issue of the infamous bridge in Mitrovica, Nexhmedin Spahiu says.

Natalia Zaba
BIRN
Belgrade
Nexhemdin Spahiu, Photo courtesy of Nexhemdin Spahiu.

Kosovo, Serbian, US, EU and many other officials and diplomats have spent years trying to resolve the issue of the bridge in the northern, Serbian-run part of the town of Mitrovica.

Despite their efforts, the bridge still divides instead of connecting Kosovo Albanian and Serbian communities in the town, Nexhmedin Spahiu told BIRN.

Spahiu, an ethnic Albanian native of Mitrovica and one of few analysts and commentators known to both the Serbian and Kosovo publics, said this failure of local, regional and international leaders to resolve problems in Kosovo and Mitrovica spells trouble for other problems that are emerging across the Balkans.

“The wall in Mitrovica: a mistake ‘improved’ by an even greater mistake,” he wrote recently.

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