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Kosovo: the second round of the elections, a success… to be confirmed!

Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi at a polling station. (Credit: Kosovo Government)
Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi at a polling station. (Credit: Kosovo Government)

(BRUSSELS2) Satisfaction dominates European diplomacy after the holding of the second round of elections in Kosovo, organized on Sunday December 1st. The reports from the OSCE (organization for security and cooperation in Europe) and UNMIK (United Nations mission in Kosovo) are categorical: no incident to report! And yet it was not won, after a stormy first round in the north of the country (read: Violence erupts in elections in northern Kosovo (update))

An important but not decisive step

Diplomats underline a positive outcome. It's about a “an important step both for the process of normalizing relations between Belgrade and Pristina and for the strengthening of democratic institutions in Kosovo” says le spokesperson for the Secretary General of the United Nations, but there is still work to be done, in particular on " the creation of the Community of Serbian Municipalities in Kosovo and the integration of the judicial police and structures in the north of Kosovo » he added.

Next: December 5

As for the High Representative of the EU, Catherine Ashton, “very satisfied with the atmosphere of [this] second round”, she arranged to meet the Serbian and Kosovar Prime Ministers in Brussels for a new dialogue on 5 December. “We will discuss how to move towards the implementation of the April agreement » she suggested before adding: “this will be important in particular in view of the presentation of my next report on the Dialogue to the Council in December (19-20 December) ».

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Loreline Merelle

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