NATO secretary-general calls for Kosovo stability during Serbia polls
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||4 May 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, NATO secretary-general calls for Kosovo stability during Serbia polls, 4 May 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4fab717ac.html [accessed 9 March 2014]|
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May 04, 2012
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has issued a statement calling on "all leaders and communities to show restraint" during voting on May 6 in the Serbian elections by ethnic Serbs living in Kosovo.
Rasmussen's statement also says he's confident NATO's peacekeeping forces in Kosovo will do everything necessary to preserve a "safe and secure" environment and prevent tensions from escalating during the May 6 vote.
Under an arrangement overseen by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, some 110,000 ethnic Serbs in Serbian-dominated northern Kosovo are eligible to cast ballots in the vote for parliament and president of neighboring Serbia.
The leadership of Kosovo, which has a large ethnic Albanian majority, declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but Serbia's government rejects this and says the territory is still part of Serbia.