The demolition of the contested two-metre-high concrete wall near the bridge across the Ibar River in North Mitrovica took place on Sunday without incident, although police were in attendance to ensure order.
An agreement to remove the wall was reached at lengthy meeting between local Kosovo Serb leaders and Pristina officials on Saturday which was intended to defuse the tensions caused by the dispute over the construction.
It was signed by the mayor of North Mitrovica, Goran Rakic, and Kosovo’s environment minister, Ferat Shala, and witnessed by Prime Minister, Isa Mustafa, his deputy, the US ambassador and the EU special representative in Kosovo.
The agreement “will ease tensions in the north of Kosovo, assist the freedom of movement and create an ambiance that will benefit all citizens in North and South Mitrovica”, the EU mission said in a statement.
Kosovo President Hashim Thaci also welcomed the deal.
“The agreement between central and local institutions in …