Kurti: Kosovo ready for new election and withdrawal of its police from municipal buildings

The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, said that Kosovo is ready for new snap elections in the north and to withdraw its police from municipal facilities in the four northern municipalities, but only after the relevant legal conditions have been fulfilled.

“We are open to snap elections, but they must be backed by relevant regulation. They cannot be held outside the law. The law prescribes that we first need to collect enough signatures from the citizens so we can end the current mayors’ terms in office. This is what the law says. We cannot adhere to illegal solutions”, Kurti told reporters in Brussels after meeting with the EU’s high representative for foreign policy and security, Josep Borrell.

According to him, the police in the north remain reactive and have not intervened.

Kurti expressed his regret that Serbia refused the tripartite meeting and added that at the meetings with Borrell he disclosed documents showing that three Kosovo policemen were kidnapped on the territory of Kosovo and requested the international community to react.

“De-escalation, in my opinion, should mean the removal of violent extremists, criminal and illegal groups, which would be immediately followed by withdrawing the Kosovo police in municipal buildings,” he said.

After bilateral meetings, Borrell disclosed the EU’s demands. He said that Kosovo demands that mayors of municipalities in north Kosovo perform their duties outside municipal buildings and that the police withdraw from these buildings.

He also said that the protesters should withdraw at the same time, after which snap elections could be held with the full participation of local Serbs.

Borrell also requested the immediate release of the three Kosovo policemen arrested by Serbian police, as well as an investigation into how they have been treated after the arrest.

(Danas, 22.06.2023)



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