Kosovo elections a 'milestone' says UN

UN Kosovo chief Farid Zarif expressed his hope for dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade, reiterating the UN's desire to play a role.

Kosovo elections a 'milestone' says UN

World Bulletin / News Desk

Kosovo's November 3 local election marks a “milestone” in Kosovo's political scene, United Nations Special Representative for Kosovo Farid Zarif told the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Tuesday.

During his Security Council address, Zarif said the vote “clearly demonstrated the growing maturity of Kosovo's polity.”

Zarif said Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and Kosovar Prime Minister Hashim Thaci agreed "in principle" on a post-election association of predominantly Serbian municipalities, despite the existence of some differences.

The community of Serbian municipalities is planned as an association with Serbian majority areas in Kosovo.

This proposed association is one of the key components of the April 19th Brussels agreement. Reached this year, the agreement marks a first step towards normalizing relations between Belgrade and Pristina for a European future for both.

The agreement, signed by Dacic and Thaci, says that Serbia will not block Kosovo’s accession to the EU. Yet, Belgrade insists it will not recognize Kosovo as a sovereign state.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008. Out of 193 UN member states, the Republic of Kosovo has been recognized by 105 countries, including 23 of the 28 EU members.

Zarif noted that the need remains for improving dialogue at the local level throughout Kosovo. "Significant tensions still persist” in northern Kosovo, he said, where “high demands and expectations from the population will accordingly be directed to newly elected municipal presidents and councils.”

“I think we should remain very positive and optimistic because there is a very definite demonstration of good will and political desire to make progress, and we will try to support both Belgrade and Pristina in remaining committed to and focusing on prospects of other negotiations,” he said.

Last Mod: 20 Kasım 2013, 15:10
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