In Pristina, the Serbian presidential election prompted newspaper headlines looking to the future, proclaiming that the independence of Kosovo is due, whatever the result. A banner in Albanian also affirmed, “All Kosovo for Independence.”
The President of the province Fatmir Sejdiu welcomed Boris Tadic’s victory: “The people of Serbia have spoken,” he said. “It’s time for Serbia to leave the past behind, especially when it comes to radical views on Kosovo and look forward to working together. Hopefully both Kosovo and Serbia will look towards integration with Europe and across the Atlantic.”
90 percent of Kosovo’s population are ethnic Albanians – they’re expected to declare unilateral independence in the next few weeks. And in the divided town of Mitrovica, some Serbs played down the importance of the election to this vision of the future.
From some others, there was optimism: President Tadic has said he wants Serbs to put bitterness over the loss of Kosovo aside and pursue a future with the European Union.