EU High Representative Josep Borrell had a conversation with Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti “following today’s heinous and cowardly terrorist attack against Kosovo police officers,” the European External Action Service said in a statement.

Mr Borrell condemned today’s aggression in the strongest possible terms. He also expressed his condolences to the family, colleagues and relatives of the policeman who lost his life in the line of duty and wished the injured policemen a speedy recovery.

The High Representative also had contact with the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucits. He repeated his appeal to the perpetrators to surrender immediately and to release the pilgrims at a monastery in Bansko so that they can leave safely. He called for the restoration of calm and stability.

It is noted that EULEX, the EU’s rule of law enforcement mission in Kosovo, is monitoring the situation on the ground and is ready to support the Kosovo institutions in maintaining the stability and security of all its communities, in accordance with its mandate and in close coordination with NATO’s KFOR, NATO’s peacekeeping force in Kosovo. The EU Special Envoy for Kosovo is in close contact with the authorities.