The UN said it was illegal, but Kosovo’s Serbs also voted in local elections along with participating in the national vote further north. The UN says it will not deal with any Kosovan councils formed as a result, and will continue to recognise only existing representative bodies.
Chants of “Ratko Mladic”, the fugitive war crimes suspect filled the air in one Mitrovican bar as the results came in;
“We hope Nikolic’s Radical party will come to power and form a government. That’s the only hope for Serbs like us in Kosovo. I’m totally surprised and shocked by the election outcome”, said one customer.
Kosovo’s deputy prime minister Hajredin Kuci, speaking in the capital Pristina, was sounding conciliatory rather than combative, tactfully avoiding specifically referring to the Kosovan Serbs;
“The will of the Serbian people will be respected, and a pro-western, pro-european integration government is welcome for everybody, not just in Serbia but in the region”.
No figures are available, but it is highly likely Serbs here have voted less heavily for Boris Tadic’s vision of the future.