The President of France and the German Chancellor held talks with the President of Serbia and the President of Kosovo.
France and Germany demand the repetition of municipal elections in the north of Kosovo to put an end to tensions.
The President of France, Emmanuel Macron; and the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, have held a meeting with the President of Serbia and the President of Kosovo, where they have raised the need to repeat the elections. Macron, on the sidelines of the Summit of the European Political Community in Moldova, insists on seeking a solution to the wave of violence that has left dozens of NATO soldiers injured.
“What we ask of both parties is very simple: the organization of new elections, as soon as possible, in these four municipalities; commitment from Kosovo; clear participation in these elections, from the Serbian side. And priority solution without delay. The issue of the Association of Kosovo Serb Municipalities”.
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, has held bilateral talks with the President of Serbia; who asked the International Community to intervene to end the protests. These erupted last week in the north of Kosovo, when Kosovar Serb protesters tried to prevent the inauguration of the Kosovar Albanian mayors who were elected in April, in elections boycotted by the Serb minority, with the full participation of only 3%.
Kosovo’s prime minister has responded to Western criticism for supporting these mayors, saying he is protecting democracy.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people gathered in the Kosovar city of Mitrovica. With Albanian flags in hand, they chanted slogans against Serbia.