UN deplores violence in Kosovo's Mitrovica area
( dpa ) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday criticized the attacks against UN police and peacekeepers who tried to regain control of a courthouse seized by Serbs in the north of Kosovo.
The clash between a Serb mob and about 400 police and KFOR peacekeepers on Sunday injured dozens when the Serbs stoned, firebombed and fired at the international personnel in the Serb-dominated section of Mitrovica.
"The secretary general deplores the violent attacks against the UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) police and KFOR personnel," said spokesperson Michelle Montas at UN headquarters. KFOR is the NATO-led security force in Kosovo.
"He urges all communities to exercise calm and restraint, and underlines the need for constructive dialogue in order to address the situation," Montas said. "The secretary general expects all sides to refrain from any actions or statements that could incite or provoke further violence."