President Thaçi requests from the Quint not to tolerate the interference of Serbia in the elections in Kosovo

Prishtina, June 09 – The President of the Republic of Kosovo, Mr. Hashim Thaçi, received today the Ambassadors of the Quint countries, of the USA, Mr. Greg Delawie, of the United Kingdom, Mr. Ruairi O’Conell, of France, Germany and Italy and also the Head of the EU Office in Kosovo, Ms. Natalyia Apostolova, with whom he discussed about the preparations for the elections in Kosovo. Also at the meeting with President Thaçi were the President of the CEC, Mrs. Valdete Daka, and the General Director of the Kosovo Police, Mr. Shpend Maxhuni.

President Thaçi said that everyone is focused so that the elections of the 11th of June will be democratic, free, and to pass without any incident.

President Thaçi said that he feels certain that the elections will go well, however “there remains the concern for the intimidation and threatening” of the Serb citizens of Kosovo by the exponents of the state of Serbia.

“The intimidation and the threatening of the citizens, especially in the northern part of Kosovo, not to vote freely, remains a concern”, he said.

President Thaçi requested form the Quint countries to make clear to the authorities of Serbia that the interference in Kosovo’s internal affairs will not be tolerated.

“I appeal to you to send a clear message to the authorities in Serbia not to intimidate or threaten the Kosovo Serb citizens and to prevent them from freely expressing their political will”, stated President Thaçi in the meeting.

“This effort to interfere in the internal affairs of our country has passed the framework of the electoral race and has become a violation of our country’s integrity and the security of our citizens”, declared President Thaçi.

The President of the CEC, Mrs. Daka, said that the CEC has made all the preparations for the elections to be fair.

The General Director of the KP, Mr. Maxhuni, said that the Kosovo Police is also cooperating with EULEX and KFOR, to guarantee the security of all the citizens on the day of the elections.

President Thaçi thanked the CEC, the KP, the OSCE, the media, the civil society, the EU and the EU and EP observers, who are doing everything to guarantee a fair and successful electoral process.