French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Thursday called for new elections in northern Kosovo amid tensions with the Serbian population.
This was reported by Politico.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani met with Scholz and Macron on the sidelines of the European Political Community summit in Moldova.
Kosovo has been rocked by violent clashes after Kosovo authorities tried to install Albanian mayors in the north. These mayors were elected with a turnout of less than 4% of voters, as Serbs boycotted the elections.
"There was tension in the north of Kosovo, which was caused by the unfortunate conduct of the elections, although the conditions that would have guaranteed due process were not respected ... this led to an escalation of violence," Macron told reporters.
According to the French president, Osmani and Vučić agreed to consider a plan presented by France and Germany to reduce tensions in Kosovo. The plan includes an obligation for Kosovo to hold new elections in disputed areas, and for Serbia to facilitate participation in the elections.
The leaders of the two countries are expected to hold consultations and respond to the proposal next week, Macron added.
Scholz, meanwhile, called on both sides to show responsibility.
"This is indeed a very serious situation... We have had an intense debate... about the challenges on the ground. This requires courage. All stakeholders must show courage. Everyone must contribute as a responsible political leader," he told a news conference. . .
Earlier on Thursday, Osmani called on Serbia to stop destabilizing Kosovo, and Vučić asked Kosovo to recall "illegal mayors".
Both sides are under intense pressure to resolve the latest in a series of crises between Kosovo's ethnic Albanian-dominated government and the ethnic Serb majority in the north.
At the same time, Osmani said that Kosovo is ready to consider re-elections in the four northern municipalities.