Serbs in north Kosovo have, as predicted, rejected ethnic Albanian rule in a controversial referendum.
Out of the 75 per cent of eligible voters, 99.74 per cent answered ‘no’ when asked if they accept Pristina’s institutions.
The two-day poll was held ahead of the fourth anniversary on Friday of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia – a move rejected by Belgrade.
The vote, which has no legal weight, was intended by the ethnic Serbs to flag up their desire to be reunited with Serbia.
But the international community has dismissed it as little more than an opinion poll that could damage prospects for EU-sponsored talks between Pristina and Belgrade and even hamper the latter’s bid for EU membership.