NATO said Friday that its peacekeeping force would seek to maintain the uneasy peace in the Serb-dominated North of Kosovo, where Serbs, who do not recognize Kosovo’s authority, plan to vote. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has agreed to oversee parliamentary and presidential elections in Kosovo but not local elections, which some Serbs have vowed to hold and which Kosovo has warned it will use force to curtail.
The elections come at a seminal moment for Serbia.
Thirteen years after NATO bombed Belgrade to halt the killing of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, the poor Balkan country was invited to become a candidate for E.U. membership in March. The move marked a final end to more than two decades as a pariah nation following the bloody break-up of the former Yugoslavia. The accession of Serbia and the Balkan states to the European Union is seen by the West as the best means to overcome the ethnic enmities that provoked the Balkan wars of the 1990s that left at least 125,000 people dead.
Note: Yes, that is a video of Dacic singing. You’re welcome.