Kosovo: UN envoy, Orthodox leaders discuss Serb participation in upcoming elections

Kosovo: UN envoy, Orthodox leaders discuss Serb participation in upcoming elections

The head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Michael Steiner, today met with the head of the Serbian Orthodox church to discuss the importance of participation by the province’s Serb community in the upcoming municipal elections in Belgrade.

During what UNMIK described as “warm and intensive” talks, Mr. Steiner and senior Orthodox officials discussed the difficulties, progress and opportunities facing the people of Kosovo. The UNMIK chief also said he was encouraged by the discussions, during which he received support for his recent seven-point plan to normalize the situation in Mitrovica.

For his part, Patriarch Pavle also encouraged Kosovo Serbs to participate in the 26 October elections, saying he wanted a better future for the new generation in the province.