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Kosovo PM fires Serb official for NATO 'genocide' remark

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister has fired a deputy justice minister from the ethnic Serb minority after she described NATO's intervention 20 years ago as an act of "genocide" on Serbia.

Ramush Haradinaj said Monday he fired Vesna Mikic because of her "unacceptable" comment in a Facebook post. On Sunday, Belgrade commemorated the 20th anniversary of the NATO intervention in Kosovo as an aggression. Kosovo hailed it as the beginning of its national liberation.

The two countries' ties remain tense though the European Union has urged them to normalize relations if they want to join the bloc. The talks have stalled. Serbia does not recognize Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence.

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