NATO: Kosovo tensions easing as agreement reached

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German soldiers secure the area as NATO Peacekeepers arrive at Kosovo's main airport, the first of 600 troops sent to reinforce soldiers in the countries tense north on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011. The troops are being sent to quell the violence that erupted after an action by Kosovo Police to control the two disputed border crossings sparking anger among local Serbs. (AP Photo/ Visar Kryeziu)

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — NATO says it has reached an agreement with Serbian officials to remove roadblocks in Kosovo's Serb-run north in a bid to end over a week of clashes and heightened tension.

NATO said in a statement late Wednesday it has agreed to reopen northern Kosovo's disputed border posts for shipments of food and humanitarian goods from Serbia, but peacekeepers will continue to man the checkpoints throughout mid-September.

It says Serbia will remove roadblocks that stopped NATO troops from reaching its northern bases.

One Kosovo policeman was killed and Serbs fired on NATO peacekeepers during the clashes that erupted after Kosovo's government tried set up custom points along its border with Serbia.

The government in Belgrade does not recognize Kosovo's independence.