Drecun: Government-backed Serb candidate list vital

BELGRADE - Milovan Drecun, Chairman of the Serbian Parliament's Committee on Kosovo, said he expected the problem with the design of ballots would be resolved.

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Drecun, the Chairman of the Serbian Parliament's Committee on Kosovo, said he expected the problem with the design of ballots for the coming local election in Kosovo will be resolved, and noted that candidates for a single Serb list have yet to be chosen.

We expect the matter of the ballot design will be resolved, but Pristina will try to complicate things for Belgrade until the last day and discourage Serbs from voting, Drecun said in an appearance on Pink 3 television.

Noting that Pristina is deliberately acting in a politically unrealistic manner, Drecun said the ball is now in the EU's, and especially the United States' court.
"I expect Brussels and Washington will now do their job and I can see from my contacts with international officials, that lively diplomatic activity is under way to see how the problem came about and how to resolve it," said Drecun.

When it comes to the Serb candidate list, Drecun says he is a strong proponent of a single list, which does not mean that everyone who wants to run must be on it.
"There should be a list which will be clearly supported by the government in Belgrade and it should comprise representatives of the ruling parties, because they enjoy the strongest support in the Serbian electorate, including Serbs who live in Kosovo," said Drecun.

A Belgrade-backed list would demonstrate political unity and Belgrade would be sending a message that no one could miss, he said.

Drecun believes the people who have represented the Kosovo Serbs in the past backed themselves into a corner with their rigid insistence on a single model of resistance to Pristina.
"The times have changed, circumstances and methods of fighting have changed, but they did not understand this and now they have nowhere to go. They have to continue rigidly insisting on a boycott of the election. With this behavior, they have undermined themselves as representatives of Serbs in the north," said Drecun.

He said that after the November 3 election, Serbs north and south of the Ibar river will get new representatives who will speak on their behalf.
"The candidates are not yet known, but the important thing is that the will is there among the top state officials and in the government. This is the only way to keep Pristina from making the election pointless and turning it to its advantage," said Drecun.