20 January 2008 – Talks between Belgrade and Pristina over the future status of Kosovo have failed to bring a solution

Four people were injured in an explosion in the Kosovo capital Pristina on Sunday, police said.

Police spokesman Agron Borovci told AFP that the blast occurred around 7:30 pm (1830 GMT) in the city’s Dragodan district, close to an area popular with a number of Western diplomats. But Borovci brushed off fears that the blast could be politically motivated.

He said shooting was also reported from the area. The incidents were being investigated.

Kosovo, technically still a province of Serbia, has been run by the UN and NATO since 1998-1999 after a NATO bombing campaign to stop a Serbian crackdown on the province’s ethnic Albanian majority.

Talks between Belgrade and Pristina over the future status of Kosovo have failed to bring a solution, with Serbia insisting it must remain autonomous within its borders and Kosovo Albanians demanding independence.

Source: Javno/AFP