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Janjic: Boycotting the vote, failure of the Government of Kosovo and of Vucic

Dushan Janjic

Dushan Janjiq from the Forum for Ethnic Relations in Belgrade, has stated that the boycott of the voting process in the north is a failure of the Government of Kosovo and the policies of the Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic.

He said on Sunday on KTV that the Government and the QUINT countries should start a "dialogue with all Serbs who are politically active and who want to talk".

"This only happens if the Government of Kosovo makes a wrong step in a way that it should not have done. This boycott is a failure of the Government of Kosovo in the perception it has given to solve this crisis, but it is also a failure of the Serbian List and  of Vucic's policies. Now is the moment for the Government of Kosovo and the QUINT countries to really start a dialogue with all Serbs who are politically active and who want to speak", said Janjiq, when asked if there could be another wave of violence in the north after failure to vote.

According to Janjiqi, the risk is currently to move towards a security risk, stressing that "there may be some incidents as there were formal calls to boycott the vote".

He has invited the Government of Kosovo to clean the election lists and prepare a clear picture of "who is a citizen of Kosovo".

"Secondly, to offer the Serbs, not to expect from the Serbian List or Belgrade, but to offer the Serbs an integration program. Okay, we know the Association is the first part, but I'm talking about daily politics. Unfortunately, I can say as an observer that there was only one government of Kosovo, it was the government led by Thaçi that offered an office for the integration of Serbs in the north. Ylber Hysa was the coordinator of this strategy but had a short life as an office. "Serbs must now accept the reality, they must address the Government of Kosovo, the Council of Europe and other international partners in Kosovo and not only look in the direction of Belgrade," Janjiq emphasized.

According to him, it is up to the Serbian president, Aleksandar Vučić, and the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, to tell the public "why Lista Serbe collected the signatures at the end of January and now why they are surrendering".

"But why then did they do such a thing and what was the role of Lajcak in this whole story and this is an explanation that is missing. But based on my information, Lista Serbe has calculated and has come to the conclusion that it is not good for Lista Serbe, it is not good for Vucic, to wash away Kurti's mistakes", emphasized Janjic.

Janjiq from the Forum for Ethnic Relations further added to KTV that the boycott of the voting process was expected, and he said that he "doesn't call this momentum so bad".

"Now is the time for both parties: for the Government of Kosovo and for the Government of Serbia to rethink their policies, and it is also time for the QUINT group to put pressure on the Government of Kosovo to take steps unilateral, to organize new elections...", he said.