Less than three months after declaring its independence from Belgrade, Kosovo is reflecting on Serbia’s election results.
Many in the ethnic Albanian majority have little interest in what they see as a separate country’s ballot. But Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci welcomed the outcome as good for democracy in Serbia and peace and stability in the region.
“My message to President Tadic is to think more for Brussels and NATO than for Kosovo,” said Thaci. “He knows personally too that Kosovo is independent, a sovereign and democratic country, and Kosovo and me personally, I am ready to co-operate with Serbia as two states for a better future for our countries and our people.”
Underlining its rejection of the independence declaration, Serbia conducted elections within Kosovo.
The Serb minority there has voted in Serb parliamentary ballots even after the UN took over Kosovo’s administration at the end of the 1990s. But Sunday’s vote for local councils violates Security Council Resolution 1244, according to the UN mission, and its results will be annulled.