Serbia criticises modality for Serb voting in Kosovo

For Jan. 16 referendum, 'dangerous provocation'

12 January, 16:54

    (ANSAmed) - BELGRADE, JAN 12 - Belgrade has protested against modalities that it considers "unacceptable" through which the Serb population in Kosovo will be able to vote in a referendum on justice sector reform slated for Sunday in Serbia.

    Kosovo authorities have said that Kosovo Serbs can vote not in regular voting stations but via post or in the liaison office in the Kosovo capital.

    Milovan Drecun, head of the commission for Kosovo in the Serbian parliament, spoke Wednesday about another 'provocation' by Kosovo PM Albin Kurti that risks sparking tension and incidents.

    Kurti, Drecun said, is trying anything he can to present Kosovo as an independent state and to convince Belgrade and the Serbs in Kosovo to recognise the sovereignty of Pristina, which Serbia does not currently recognise.

    The liaison office, Drecun said, is not a diplomatic representative office where foreigners go to vote, while Serbian residents abroad vote via post.

    "But Kurti continues with his provocations and says 'we will give you the possibility to vote, but not at voting stations', " Drecun said.

    Drecun added that, if this decision were to pass, the same would happened with parliamentary and presidential elections in April in Serbia. For Belgrade, he said, this is absolutely unacceptable.

    Kurti should be stopped from engaging in irrational behaviour and setting a precedent that could cause incidents, Drecun added.

    He called on the OSCE, the EU, and the rest of the international community to intervene to avoid what he called dangerous consequences.

    A referendum is planned in Serbia on a series of constitutional amendments on the justice sector that aim to make judges, the judiciary, and the entire justice system impartial and independent of political power, in line with the country's desire to become part of the EU. (ANSAmed).

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