Horse Trading on Serbian Elections in Kosovo

Action, research and documentation (ECMI Synergy Wheel stories)This month Serbia has sought to organise general elections within Kosovo, tells the March edition of ECMI Kosovo’s Monthly Newsletter. A barter seem to have taken place. 

When Serbia in March sought to organise general elections within Kosovo, the Government of Kosovo reacted by stating that this represents a violation of international laws and standards. It is in contradiction with Resolution 1244, claimed the Government.

Prime Minister Thaçi stated that “the Government of the Republic of Kosovo is working together with all international authorities to ensure that Serbia’s plan to organise local elections in the Republic of Kosovo fails completely”.

The Government of Kosovo requested that UNMIK pass on these concerns to the UN Secretary General and that UNMIK not play any role in the organisation of these elections.

However, on April 6 it was reported, that the Governments of Kosovo and Serbia will request the OSCE mission organise Serbian parliamentary and presidential elections in areas of Kosovo where the poluation is largely Serb.

The Kosovo Government gave consent with the condition that the OSCE must also organise Kosovo local elections in Mitrovica/Mitrovicë North, Leposavić/Leposaviq, Zubin Potok, and Zvečan/Zveqan.

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Florian Bieber’s blog: The non-historical elections in Serbia.” Bieber is an ECMI Non-Resident Senior Research Associate.

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