Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti accused Serbia of interfering in the internal affairs of his country, in response to the failure of the Serbian List, the largest political party of Kosovo Serbs, to register for the extraordinary local elections that will be held in 4 municipalities in the north of the country.
Kurti, on his Twitter account, made a statement that the European Union should condemn Serbia for not complying with the agreements reached, and said: “The Serbian list refused to participate in the local elections that will be held in 4 northern municipalities of Kosovo in April. This is a clear sign of Belgrade’s control of the party and its constant interference in Kosovo’s internal affairs. Use phrases.
In a statement released by the Kosovo Central Election Commission (KQZ), it was reported that no political formation has applied to participate in the extraordinary local elections that will take place on April 23 in 4 Serb-dominated municipalities in northern Kosovo.
Before the local elections were postponed, KQZ announced that candidates and political parties that applied to participate in the November and December 2022 elections do not need to apply again.
The Serbian List announced that it would not participate in the local elections until the demands for the creation of the Federation of Serbian Municipalities and the withdrawal of all Kosovo Police special units from northern Kosovo are met.
The President of Kosovo, Fyuza Osmani, announced that the extraordinary local elections in the municipalities of North Mitrovica, Zubin Potok, Leposavic and Zvecan were to be held on December 18, 2022, following the withdrawal of Kosovo Serbs from the center and local. Kosovo institutions, to April 23 due to the serious security situation in the north of the country, announced its postponement.
Relations between Serbia and Kosovo
The European Union calls on Kosovo and Serbia to reach a final agreement that can resolve issues between the two countries to make progress in the process of integration into the Union.
Although Kosovo is recognized as an independent country by 117 countries, it is described as one of the regions of “frozen conflict” in Europe due to the ongoing ethnic tensions in its north and its inability to become a member of the United Nations.
Serbia considers Kosovo, which unilaterally declared its independence in 2008, to be its territory.
Serbia and Kosovo, which clash periodically, are trying to find a common way to normalize relations, and eventually the two countries get to know each other, within the scope of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue process initiated in 2011 with the mediation of the European Union.
The EU High Representative for External Relations and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, announced that a verbal agreement had been reached between Kosovo and Serbia as part of the high-level meeting of the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue held in Ohrid, North Macedonia on March 18.
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