Three Germans detained related to attack on EU office in Kosovo
The detainment of the men may distract from Kosovars who do not want a UN peacekeeping mission replaced, a security expert says.
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The EU agreed to send a mission in February, but plans were delayed due to Serbia's objections. The UN signaled in June that it was ready to end its mission in Kosovo, The Christian Science Monitor reported, and later brokered a deal with Serbia over the deployment of a replacement EU mission. But now some in Kosovo reject the deal as an affront to the nation's fledgling sovereignty.Skip to next paragraph
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The AP reported that Kosovo can't accept Serbia's terms for the EU mission's deployment.
Serbia has demanded strict conditions to the EU deployment, demanding that the mission remain neutral in regard to Kosovo's status.
Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leaders, in turn, reject any conditions on the mission's work.
The 2,000-strong mission is known by its acronym, EULEX. It will include 88 American police officers, judges and prosecutors.
The paper noted that under the UN-backed deal, police, judges, and customs officials in minority Serb-run areas would work under UN authority, while those in majority Albanian areas would work with the EU mission.
Kosovo said that would violate its constitution and amounted to a de facto partition of the fledgling state....
Kosovo's population is 90 percent Albanian. The remaining 120,000 Serbs refuse to cooperate with Albanian-run institutions.
The English-language website of German broadcaster Deustche Welle quoted one security expert as saying the public details of the case don't add up.
German terrorism and security expert Elmar Thevessen told DW-RADIO that problems within Kosovo's government might be responsible for the detention. While some within the government support an EU mission that's due to take assume oversight of law-enforcement in Kosovo after more than eight years as a United Nations protectorate, others reject it.
"It looks to me that it is a matter of political intrigue within Kosovo," he said. "It doesn't make any sense at all for the German intelligence service to get involved in a bomb going off in an office of the European Union. As a matter of fact the German government has been known to be one of the biggest supporters of that mission."
Thevessen added that BND agents were also investigating organized crime ties to the Kosovo government and that this might be yet another reason why local officials were trying to get rid of them.
The Deutsche Welle report quoted the German tabloid newspaper Bild as saying that "the bomb attack had been the work of an anti-EU faction of Kosovars."