Kosovo Serb List officials said on Tuesday that they would decide whether to take part or boycott the elections for mayor in four Serb-majority municipalities after meeting Serbia’s top officials.
The mayors of Mitrovica North, Leposavic, Zubin Potok and Zvecan tendered their resignations in protest over the Kosovo government’s decision to impose 100 percent tariffs on Serbian goods last November and Kosovo President Hashim Thaci elections for their posts.
Serb List deputy leader Igor Simic said the decision to call the elections is a provocation by Pristina. “The Serb List always consulted the Serbian government and our President Aleksandar Vucic whenever we decided about elections and when the mayors tendered their resignations. We will consult with the president this time and take a decision which will be in the interest of the Serb people living in Kosovo,” he said.
Vucic said earlier in the day that he would meet with Serb List officials on Wednesday.
Serbian government Office for Kosovo chief Marko Djuric met on Tuesday with the heads of Serbia’s five districts to discuss what a statement said was the deteriorating political and security situation following fresh provocation from Pristina.