The European Union looks forward to the formation of a new government” in Kosovo, “this is important so that” the country “can quickly resume work on” structural “reforms and on the dialogue with Belgrade”, EU High Representative of the EU, Federica Mogherini, and the European Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn wrote in a joint note, stressing that last Sunday’s elections in Kosovo were held in a “peaceful and orderly” manner.
Brussels calls on “all political actors to remain committed” in the “key processes for Kosovo’s future and for its progress on the European path”.
In a general election held Sunday, Albin Kurti’s Movement for Self-the Determination, or Vetevendosje, defeated centre-right political groupings formed by former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters who had governed since 2007.
Kosovo, a former Serbian province, declared independence in 2008, a decade after an insurrection by KLA fighters and Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic’s bloody crackdown launched a 1998-99 war.
While most of the world recognizes Kosovo’s independence, Serbia still considers the country part of its territory. Five EU member nations, Russia and China back Serbia’s position.
The European Union, which is facilitating talks between the two countries, has said neither will be allowed to join the EU without normalized relations.