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Belgrade calls on displaced Kosovo Serbs to vote for Serb List

October 12, 2021

The head of Serbia’s Government Office for Kosovo, Petar Petkovic, on Tuesday called on the displaced Serbs to vote for the Belgrade-backed Serb List in the October 17 local elections in Kosovo “and thus preserve the bastion of Serb national interests.”

Petkovic stressed the importance of a significant turnout of the Serbs and the unified support to the Serb List, the strongest Kosovo Serbs’ political party.

He told the displaced Serbs he knew they had to leave homes and “come to central Serbia, but that ten Serb municipalities must be preserved since it’s a pledge for the Community of Serb Municipalities (CSM) formation. The CSM will, according to him, be a framework for the collective safety and rights of the Serbs in Kosovo.

Pristina refuses to allow the CSM, arguing it will resemble the Republika Srpska, a Serb-dominated semi-autonomous entity within Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Pristina and Belgrade agreed on the formation of the CSM in a deal signed in Brussels in 2013.

Petkovic on Tuesday supported the Serb List as a guarantor of the Kosovo Serbs’ stay and survival, adding Serbia’s President Aleksandr Vucic also landed his support to the party.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008. The UN Resolution 1244 remains neutral regarding its status, but over a hundred countries worldwide have recognised it as an independent state. Belgrade maintains will never accept it and says it seeks a compromise but without specifying what it would mean.

Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/belgrade-calls-on-displaced-kosovo-serbs-to-vote-for-serb-list/

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