Kosovo, Serbia agree on future steps toward normalization

"If Serbs do not vote again, we will have an Albanian mayor in Mitrovica. It can be a cause for future conflicts, maybe even armed conflict," the Serbian prime minister warned.

Kosovo, Serbia agree on future steps toward normalization

World Bulletin / News Desk

Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic met with EU's top foreign policy official Catherine Ashton in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss further steps toward normalization of relations between the two nations, as well as recent local elections in Kosovo.

"The meeting was very constructive and good. We achieved significant progress in the election process in Kosovo. Prime ministers Dacic and Thaci agreed about future steps to finalize the election process, and the government in Pristina will decide about specificity of the future process," Ashton told the media after the meeting.

She stress that both leaders are determined to continue with the implementation of the agreement reached last April in Brussels, that should enhance normalization of relations.

Kosovo on Sunday held local elections which were considered by many as a test for the course of future ties between Kosovo and Serbia.

The elections were marred by low turnout and violence in the country's Serb-dominated north. In Mitrovica, masked men stormed a polling station, smashing ballot boxes and intimidating election staff.    

Kosovo's Central Electoral Commission on Wednesday said elections in three municipalities in northern Kosovo including Mitrovica, will be repeated on December 1, the date when a number of mayoral hopefuls are set also to compete in the second round of the elections. 

"If Serbs do not vote again, we will have an Albanian mayor in Mitrovica. It can be a cause for future conflicts, maybe even armed conflict," the Serbian prime minister warned. 


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