Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Election valid, says Kosovo PM

EU police officers arrive at a vandalised polling station in the northern, Serb-dominated part of Mitrovica, Kosovo (AP Photo/Zveki)

Kosovo's prime minister says the local election results in northern Kosovo, which were marred by low turnout among Serbs and violence at a polling station, should stand.

Hashim Thaci insisted that the Serb-majority areas in northern Kosovo, who have so far shunned the authority of capital city Pristina, now have "legitimate representatives", even though election authorities have not yet decided whether to tally those results.

A group of masked men attacked the polling station in the northern town of Mitrovica on Sunday, forcing the closure of the voting station and evacuation of international monitors.

Participation of minority Serbs in these elections was a key element in an EU-brokered deal between Serbia and Kosovo that seeks to settle their disputes. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008.

AP

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