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Serbia, Elections and Kosovo.

  • March 12th, 2008
  • Posted by Emma Cillekens

kosovo.jpgOn Saturday (9.3.08) the Nationalist Serbian Prime Minister, Vojislav Kostunica quit.

The decision came after what he says was a standoff between himself and the pro-western President, Boris Tadic, over how Kosovo’s independence would affect the country’s pursuit of EU membership.

“The government, which does not have united policies cannot function,” he said.

“That’s the end of the government.”

President Tadic disputed the PM’s claim that the clash was over Kosovo.

“I believe the issue is that the Serbian government does not have a united position over European and economic perspectives of Serbia and its citizens,’ he added.

The President has now announced that there will be an early election, with the favourite date being 11.5.08.

He says it’s a “democratic way to overcome a political crisis.”

The vote will see the Democrats and the Nationalist Radicals go head-to-head in what is being anticipated as a close race.

Serbia’s medieval heartland of Kosovo declared independence on 17.2.08 with the backing of the United States and several of the 27 EU member states.

Since then many debates have erupted over whether the new state should or shouldn’t be recognised, with the Serbian Government sticking to itsr guns, saying it would not acknowledge the “false state”.

Serbia has promised though not to punish Kosovo with an Embargo, its Foreign Minister, Vuk Jeremic, telling the UN Security Council its government did not want to undermine Kosovo’s fragile economy.

“It is in our vital interest that all of Kosovo’s communities prosper, and prosper together in peace, security and reconciliation as neighbours in a progressive society of hope and forgiveness,” he said.

“This is why Serbia does not intend to impose an embargo, and why we have a clear policy of not resorting to the force of arms,” he said.

Prior to the Kosovo declaration of independence, Belgrade threatened to use all economic, political and diplomatic means to stop the secession of the region.

Reference:

ABC. Serbia promises not to punish Kosovo with embargo. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/03/12/2187210.htm (12.3.08)

ABC. “Serbian govt dissolved, election to come” http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/03/11/2185735.htm, (11.3.08)

Serbianna. “Serbian Government Collapses. http://www.serbianna.com/news/2008/01641.shtm, (9.3.08)

Russia Today News. “‘False state’ Kosovo declares independence” (Russia) http://www.russiatoday.ru/news/news/21037, (18.2.08)

Kosovo Image. http://www.un.org/spanish/works/emergencies/kosovo.jpg, (12.3.08)

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