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The Guardian: Kurti ready for new elections in North if violence ends

The Guardian: Kurti ready for new elections in North if violence ends

Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti has said he is prepared to consider early elections in Serb-majority northern Kosovo, after some British sources expressed concern that the US and EU are making a mistake by threatening their ally with punishment for the treatment of violence by Kurti, writes the prestigious " The Guardian" .

A former UK ambassador said the EU's envoy to Kosovo should stand aside, while UK foreign affairs committee chair Alicia Kearns warned the US against disproportionately punishing Kurt.

Emmanuel Macron, the French president, said that Kurti had made mistakes and that he would meet him together with the German chancellor, Olaf Scholz.

The crisis escalated on Monday after Pristina's government sent mayors, backed by Kosovo police, to the offices of Serb-dominated northern municipalities following elections that ethnic Serbs had boycotted.

Most of the area's ethnic Serbs have never accepted Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia and consider Belgrade their capital, more than two decades after the Kosovo Albanian uprising against repressive Serbian rule.

Ethnic Albanians make up more than 90% of Kosovo's population, but northern Serbs have long sought implementation of a 2013 EU-brokered agreement to create an association of autonomous municipalities in their area.

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