Serbian chief lashes out on the West over Kosovo vote Lalrp


BELGRADE, Serbia — The Serbian president on Monday sharply criticized Western officers who’re mediating talks on normalizing ties with Kosovo, calling them liars and fraudsters, and mentioned the Serb minority within the former Serbian province will not tolerate overseas “occupation.”

Aleksandar Vucic spoke a day after native elections in Serb-dominated northern Kosovo that have been overwhelmingly boycotted by the Serb voters there. In consequence, ethnic Albanians have been elected.

Vucic praised the vote boycott by the Kosovo Serbs, saying that it represented “a peaceable political rebellion” towards their “occupiers.” Serbs are claiming harassment by Pristina authorities and are demanding autonomy for his or her areas.

“Our folks in Kosovo have proven wherein nation they wish to reside,” mentioned Vucic, the populist chief who is thought for his frequent anti-Western outbursts. He’s apparently offended on the European Union and the U.S. for permitting Pristina to carry the vote when the Serb boycott, referred to as by Belgrade, was anticipated.

The EU mentioned on Monday that the elections have been held in step with the authorized framework of Kosovo and that efforts have been undertaken for them to happen in a clean and orderly method.

“On the similar time, the EU regrets that not all events and communities made use of their democratic proper to take part and vote within the elections,” the EU assertion mentioned. “The very low turnout, particularly amongst Kosovo Serb residents, exhibits that this course of will not be and can’t be thought-about enterprise as standard.”

Kosovo is a majority ethnic Albanian former Serbian province. The 1998-1999 battle erupted when separatist ethnic Albanians rebelled towards Serbia’s rule, and Belgrade responded with a brutal crackdown. About 13,000 folks died, principally ethnic Albanians. In 1999 a NATO army intervention pressured Serbia to drag out of the territory. Kosovo declared independence in 2008.

Tensions have simmered ever since. Kosovo’s independence is acknowledged by many Western international locations, however it’s opposed by Belgrade with the backing of Russia and China. EU-brokered talks have made little headway in recent times, though their leaders final month tentatively agreed on the way to implement a EU-sponsored plan to normalize relations after a long time of tensions.

Vucic mentioned he’ll “in all probability” participate within the subsequent spherical of EU-mediated talks with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti, scheduled in Brussels on Might 2, regardless of “anticipating nothing” to come back out of that assembly.

“I’m afraid that this can be a prelude to a a lot deeper disaster,” Vucic mentioned.