NATO says tensions in northern Kosovo are easing after 10 days of turmoil sparked by an attempt by the government’s security forces to seize control of border crossings with Serbia.

Officials said that NATO’s governing body was briefed on the situation on Wednesday, a day after the alliance announced it was deploying a reserve battalion from Germany to beef up its 6,000-strong force in Kosovo.

Spokeswoman Carmen Romero said “the priority now for (NATO) is to maintain a safe and secure environment.”

The violence followed an action by the Kosovo police to control two disputed border crossings, sparking anger among local Serbs who want the former province to remain part of Serbia. After police withdrew a mob of Serb militants set one border post ablaze.

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