Ethe President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucicdeclared that Sunday’s municipal elections in northern Kosovo, boycotted by the Serbs, were a “debacle” for Pristina and accused the Western powers, which supported the elections, of wanting to impose solutions.
“The Serbian people showed yesterday that they are asking for a very different approach, above all, from the international community, from the Western powers. They are asking for more respect, true dialogue and not the imposition of solutions,” said the populist Vucic at a press conference.
Vucic denounced that there is no dialogue and accused the US, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy of supporting the independence of Kosovo, declared in 2008 and which Serbia still does not recognize.
The Kosovar Albanian parties LV and PDK proclaimed their victory in the early elections in four northern municipalities despite the fact that the participation was only 3.4%, since the Serbs, the majority in this area, boycotted the elections.
Vucic indicated that this low turnout is “a historic result” and shows the political resistance to what he considers intimidation by the Kosovar government against the country’s Serbs.
The elections were called after the representatives of the Kosovar Serbs withdrew last November from the Kosovo institutions in which they had a presence, such as the judiciary, police, or local administration, for feeling discriminated against.
They condition their return to the institutions on granting the Serbian minority a certain autonomy, something agreed in 2013 with the mediation of the European Union (EU) but still not fulfilled, and the withdrawal of the special Police sent to the region by Pristina.
The two countries are negotiating the normalization of their relations according to a new plan of the European Union, which has the support of Washington, and the road map for its application agreed last March