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Kosovo Puts Off Action on Restive Serbs as Tensions Escalate

  • Kosovo, Serbia trade accusations over worst unrest in months
  • Serbian President Vucic says ‘there will be no surrender’
Vehicles block the road as security measures taken around the city while air raid sirens heard along near the Kosovo and Serbian border on July 31.

Vehicles block the road as security measures taken around the city while air raid sirens heard along near the Kosovo and Serbian border on July 31.

Photographer: Zylfije Adem Jakupi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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Kosovo agreed to postpone a plan to make government-issued identification cards and car plates mandatory for all residents after members of its restive Serb minority blockaded roads in protest. 

Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008, delayed the planned rule until Sept. 1 rather than imposing it on Monday as originally planned. NATO’s peace-keeping mission in the former Serbian province, KFOR, said it was “prepared to intervene if stability is jeopardized.”