Ethnic Serbs living in northern Kosovo have been voting in a two-day referendum which is expected to reject Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian rule.
With the poll being ignored by the majority ethnic Albanians, the outcome is a foregone conclusion.
The minority Serbs who live in the divided northern city of Mitrovica and its surrounds intend the vote to reinforce their demands to split from the rest of Kosovo and reunify with Serbia.
But the European Union and even Belgrade, which is applying for EU membership, are opposed to the vote fearing it will fuel further ethnic tensions.
The polls are due to close this evening.