So Serbia won its referendum on the constitution, proving exactly what? The constitution was not drafted by any elected body or much discussed. Despite the constitution stating Kosovo is part of Serbia, Kosovars were not invited to vote unless they were Serbs, who were given strong directions from Belgrade on which way to vote.
I hope the EU takes note of these democratic procedures.
Now Serbia is trying to delay the announcement of the status of Kosovo until after its elections. This is seen by all the international community as merely a delaying tactic. The elections are called mainly to disconnect the government currently negotiating with the UN over Kosovo from the new government which will be in power when the result is announced, so it can avoid blame for "losing" Kosovo. In fact, most realistic Serbs understand that Kosovo was lost long ago.
Of course, the date for the elections is now part of the delaying game. But it seems the Contact Group may call Serbia's bluff unless the election date is announced this week, and they will make the announcement by the end of the year, as originally intended.
Belgrade is also instructing Serbs not to cooperate with the long overdue census in Kosovo. Is this to further distort the statistics to show that Serbs are being forced to leave? Or is it an own goal in the statistics that Serbs have always lived in Kosovo and will continue there?
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