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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, November 16, 2009

A new reality in Kosovo

Elections took place in Kosovo on Sunday for the first time since the country's declaration of independence. Serbs in Kosovo have begun to recognise the new state, writes the liberal conservative daily Corriere della Sera: "With its first and consequently 'historic' local elections held in 36 communities, Kosovo has taken another step in consolidating its democracy. ... But the Kosovo of yore has not gone away, with the same protagonists and the same problems. And relations between Albanians ... and Serbs ... have not improved in the least. .. For Belgrade Kosovo simply doesn't exist, and consequently the same goes for yesterday's elections. Serbian President Boris Tadić, the Serbian political establishment and the Church all called on the Kosovan Serbs not to go to the polls. And yet, of the 100,000 Serbs living in the country - just as many fled the country - not everyone heeded this call. ... The myth of the total boycott among Kosovan Serbs has been broken for the first time."

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