Kosovo, Serbia prime ministers to discuss elections

The November 3 local elections will be the first ever to include Kosovar Serbs, but the latest conflict threatens relations between the neighbor countries.

Kosovo, Serbia prime ministers to discuss elections

World Bulletin/News Desk

After Serbia threatened to halt negotiations on the normalization of relations with Kosovo, EU High Representative on Foreign Policy Catherine Ashton is set to meet on Monday evening with the prime ministers of the two countries.

Serbia's Ivica Dacic and Kosovo's Hashim Thaci will meet Ashton in Brussels after Thaci’s government banned on October 1 any Serbian politician during campaigning in Kosovo before the November 3 local elections.

Dacic, who was planning to visit Kosovo, had to quit his trip and threatened to pull out from negotiations about normalizing relations between the two neighbors.

However, Kosovo's government refused to change its decision, saying it complied with the existing constitution and law.

Meanwhile, Serbia's nationalist Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) launched a campaign directed at Kosovar Serbs calling them to boycott the elections.

The November elections will be the first ever to include Kosovo Serbs.

The last local elections were held in 2009, but were boycotted by the Serb minority which lives mostly in the northern part of Kosovo.

More than 100 candidates have registered for the upcoming local elections, including 30 representatives from Kosovo's Serbs.

In April this year, Kosovo and Serbia signed an agreement under EU supervision on the normalization of relations. Serbia is still refusing to recognize Kosovo, which declared independence from Belgrade in 2008.

Last Mod: 07 Ekim 2013, 17:05
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