UN condemns attacks against polling stations in Kosovo

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Special Representative Farid Zarif. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Sunday's attack against polling stations in northern Kosovo has been strongly condemned by a senior UN official.

Farid Zarif, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), issued a statement on Monday, calling the attacks "utterly deplorable".

The municipal elections were the first to be held in Kosovo since its declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008, following years of tensions between ethnic Serbs and ethnic Albanians.

Serbia has yet to recognize Kosovo's declaration of independence.

Farhan Haq, the Deputy Spokesperson has more.

"Following the recent wave of violence during the election process, several polling stations in northern Kosovo were vandalised and individuals present were attacked. Mr. Zarif has said that these criminal actions were intended to prevent the population from exercising their democratic right to vote. He also said that these acts of hooliganism have no place in democratic societies and their perpetrators must be urgently held to account."

Most ethnic Serbs live in northern Kosovo while the majority of ethnic Albanians reside in the country.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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