Belgrade, April 23, 2012
SERBIA - K&M
U.S., OSCE, EU AMBASSADORS URGE ALBANIANS TO VOTE
BUJANOVAC, April 20 (Beta) - U.S. Ambassador Mary Warlick, OSCE Mission to Serbia Head Dimitrious Kypreos and EU Delegation to Serbia Chief Vincent Degert called on Albanians in Bujanovac, southern Serbia on April 20 to vote in legislative elections on May 6.
At a conference called, "Participation empowers the rights of citizens," held under the auspices of JUGpress, a regional news service, in association with the British Embassy, Warlick said that she believed that if citizens everywhere in the country voted in the election, this would ultimately give them a voice in Serbian parliament.
"Partaking in democracy, which includes casting ballots, is also a major factor in attracting investors to the region," Warlick explained.
Degert said that it was not the job of foreign representatives in the country to vote on the behalf of Serbia's citizens, stressing that citizens might want to consider the programs being offered by parties in the election.
SUTANOVAC: KFOR REPRESENTS ONLY FACTOR OF STABILITY IN KOSOVO
NOVI SAD, April 21 (Tanjug) - Serbia's Defence Minister Dragan Sutanovac said on Saturday KFOR was the only factor of stability in Kosovo and that the situation there would be a lot less stable if those troops were not present.
The Defence Ministry is in contact with KFOR on a daily basis, he noted, adding he spoke several days earlier with the commander of NATO's south wing about the security situation.
KFOR: ADDITIONAL TROOPS TO BE DEPLOYED SOON
PRISTINA, April 21 (Tanjug) -KFOR spokesperson Uwe Nowitzki confirmed on Saturday that additional troops would soon be deployed in Kosovo.
The second battalion of the operational reserve force has been activated and will soon be deployed in Kosovo, he told Tanjug.
The new troops are part of wise planning and positioning meant to ensure KFOR has the necessary troops to accomplish its task in Kosovo, Nowitzki pointed out.
KFOR's task is to maintain a secure environment for all people in Kosovo in an impartial way, he stated, adding that it had done so for over 10 years and would continue in the same fashion.
The German military said earlier on Saturday it would send its rapid reaction forces numbering several hundred soldiers to Kosovo in order to strengthen the NATO mission there amid rising tensions leading up to Serbia's elections on May 6.
GERMANY AND AUSTRIA SEND MORE TROOPS TO KOSOVO
BERLIN, April 21 (Tanjug) - Germany is going to send rapid reaction forces to Kosovo at an urgent request from NATO, because of fear of new tension and an escalation of violence in northern Kosovo running up to Serbia's elections on May 6, Spiegel Online has reported.
Germany will send 550 troops from its operational reserve forces (ORF), and they will be joined by 150 soldiers from Austria, the report says.
The German forces command in Potsdam believes there is tension in northern Kosovo and a risk of an escalation of violence throughout Kosovo.
Such a situation is the result of differences between Serbia and Kosovo regarding the elections, as well as of the existing instability in northern Kosovo, the command stated, Spiegel Online says.
ORF troops were gradually pulled out of Kosovo several weeks ago, and the latest plan puts them back there on May 1.
There are around 5,800 troops in Kosovo at the moment, of which 1,300 come from Germany.