OSCE: Agreement with Serbia and Kosovo
In northern Kosovo
The Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE) has reached an agreement with Serbia and Kosovo enabling it to support the Serbian parliamentary and presidential elections in Kosovo. Foreign Minister Westerwelle welcomed this step, saying that it was highly commendable that everyone involved had demonstrated such flexibility.
He went on to say that the agreement was an important contribution to easing the tensions in Kosovo in the run‑up to the elections. “Now all parties have to continue working to deescalate the situation so that the elections in May can be peaceful and orderly.”
OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier also called on all sides to refrain from any provocation. He added that the OSCE had started organizing the establishment of polling stations so that everyone entitled to vote in Kosovo would be able to exercise their right to go to the polls.
After several weeks of negotiations, the OSCE on 30 April reached an agreement with the Serbian Government and the Serbian electoral commission on how the organization would participate in conducting the Serbian parliamentary and presidential elections in Kosovo. The Kosovo Government accepted the agreement. This means that Serbian nationals in Kosovo are now able to exercise their right to vote with the help of the OSCE. The elections will take place on 6 May. The second round of the presidential elections is scheduled for 20 May.
Last updated 30.04.2012