The United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has begun the process for conducting new local elections in the province, which the world body has run since western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting.
Principal deputy special representative of the UN secretary-general in Kosovo, Steven Schook, has signed an executive decision which authorises the central elections commission to start preparations for the election of new mayors, municipal assembly members and members of the national assembly.
"As special representative Joachim Rücker has said, it is UNMIK's position that the democratic process in Kosovo should move forward," said Schook.
"The legislative framework for the holding of elections is being finalised and will be promulgated before the end of this month."
He said that the elections should not interfere with the resolution of final status -- an issue that is the subject of a new round of negotiations launched by a "troika" of representatives from the US, Europe and the Russian Federation.
"We will be monitoring the negotiation process very closely over the coming months," Schook said.
The executive decision came a day after he started a new round of visits to Serb-speaking villages in the south of Kosovo.
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