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Pristina's plan: Elections, riots, police incursion?

By scheduling elections for mayors of Serb municipalities, "Pristina is trying to destabilize Serbs."

April 10, 2019

This creates the danger of protests and violence, writes Politika.

Namely, if the Serb List, voted for by some 90 percent of Serbs in the last elections, decides to boycott the May elections, according to the Belgrade daily, that could lead to police intervention in the north of Kosovo and Metohija, "something that Pristina would then accuse local Serbs and Belgrade for."

The police intervention in the north would then be used by Pristina to seize the Trepca mining complex, Politika continued, "as well as all administrative crossings, and apply on the ground everything that Kosovo special (police) had been training for in North Macedonia in the last weeks."

The newspaper recalls that presidents of the four municipalities in the north resigned in November after the government in Pristina introduced a 100 percent tax on Serbian products.

Meanwhile, President Aleksandar Vucic and Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija chief Marko Djuric will meet with political representatives of Serbs from Kosovo.

The meeting will be held at noon on Wednesday in the Palace of Serbia. Participants will then address the media, the president's press service said.

While visiting Mostar, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, on Tuesday, Vucic announced he have "long talks with representatives of Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija," after which he expects a decision to be made on the elections that Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has called for the posts of mayors in four municipalities in the north of the province.

Vucic also said that he "already has some ideas" on this.

He told a press conference in Mostar yesterday, asked to comment on Pristina's decision to call the elections, that he wants to talk about this with representatives of the Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija.

"We will have long discussions with the real representatives of the Serbs, those who represent the people, not just themselves. I expect to make decisions with them, I have certain ideas," the Serbian president said.
He added that "none of the real representatives of Serbs have been consulted about when and in what way to call elections."

Sources:

https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2019&mm=04&dd=10&nav_id=106590

https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2019&mm=04&dd=10&nav_id=106589

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