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Serbia will hold a referendum on Sunday on constitutional amendments that would change the way judges and prosecutors are elected.


The Kosovo parliament has passed a resolution barring Serbs from voting on Kosovo soil in a national referendum on Serbian constitutional amendments.

Serbia will hold a referendum on Sunday on constitutional amendments that will change the way judges and prosecutors are elected, a move the government says aims to ensure judicial independence, a condition for EU membership.


Kosovo’s independence supporters – the US, UK, German, French, Italian and EU delegations – urged Prime Minister Albin Kurti to allow Kosovo’s Serbs to vote in the referendum.

But at Saturday’s special session, 76 of 120 delegates voted in favour of a statement banning Serbia from opening polling centres in Kosovo.


Kurti told parliament that it would be unconstitutional to have polling stations in Kosovo Serb-majority areas, where Serbs could vote by mail or at the government liaison office in Pristina in Belgrade.

“Kosovo is an independent and sovereign state and should be treated as such,” Kurti said.


Serbia still considers Kosovo part of its territory and has been organizing Serb elections since the end of the Kosovo war in 1999.

Serbia has refused to recognize Kosovo’s declared independence in 2008, but has pledged to normalize relations with the former breakaway province before joining the European Union.

The head of the Serbia-Kosovo Cooperation Office said the ban was aimed at “removing the political and civil rights of Serbs” [in Kosovo]. “


“Kurti and his extremists should not think that in the future they will succeed in banning Kosovo’s Serbs from voting, especially in the April 3 elections,” Petar Petkovic said in a statement Say.

Serbia will hold presidential and parliamentary elections on April 3.

Earlier on Saturday, Kosovo police confiscated two trucks transporting ballots from the Serbian Electoral Commission as they crossed the border in Merdare to the Serb-majority area.

“We call on the Kosovo government to allow Kosovo’s Serbs to exercise their right to vote in elections and the electoral process in accordance with this established practice,” Germany, France, Italy, Britain, the United States and the European Union said in a joint statement on Friday.

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