Serbian PM urges Kosovo's Serbs to re-vote

Two days before re-vote in Kosovo local elections, Ivica Dacic arrived in Mitrovica to hold a public meeting and call on Serb citizens to vote.

Serbian PM urges Kosovo's Serbs to re-vote

World Bulletin / News Desk

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic called on Serbs in Kosovo to join the repeated local elections on Sunday, November 17.

A statement released by the Serbian government on Friday cited Dacic as telling a public meeting held in Mitrovica, northern Kosovo, that voting in the election was the "only way" to unite Serb-majority municipalities in Kosovo and for Serbia to defend itself and to continue helping Serbs in Kosovo.

"Serbia has to defend itself only by strong political relations and smart decisions," he said.

"Going to the polls is necessary because it is the only way that the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohiya have power recognized not only by Belgrade but Pristina as well, and most importantly, by the international community," said the Serbian PM.

"I want to wish good luck to Serbian interests in Kosovo and our unity. There are a lot of parties, but Serbia and Serbian interests in the only one," said Dacic.

The first round of local elections in Kosovo took place on November 3. In Kosovo's north the voting was marred by violence and low turnout.

People were called to boycott the elections in Serb-dominated Mitrovica, a city in Kosovo's north, which also saw a group of masked men storming polling stations and destroying the ballot boxes. Following the incidents, Kosovo's elections authority decided to repeat the voting in three municipalities in Mitrovica.

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