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UN Rejects Serbian Charges over Elections in Kosova

A spokeswoman for the UN civilian administration in Kosova (UNMIK) said in Prishtina on 29 July that the leaders of the Serbian minority, who recently decided after talks with Serbian Prime Minister Kostunica to boycott the October parliamentary elections, should reconsider.

The spokeswoman stressed that the necessary conditions are in place for Serbian participation, adding that any Serbian boycott will be to the detriment of the Serbs and not affect the legitimacy of the elections.

Elsewhere, the spokeswoman for Kosova's government called the Serbian leaders' decision "unacceptable," noting that the Serbs had found nothing wrong with voting conditions when they cast their ballots in the recent Serbian presidential vote.

Dragisa Krstovic, who heads the Serbian Povratak (Return) faction in Kosova's parliament, told RFE/RL that the final decision on a boycott has not been taken, adding that Belgrade will have the final say in the matter.

(RFE/RL 30.vii.04)

 
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