Near unanimous rejection of Kosovo institutions

99.74 percent of residents who turned out to vote in four municipalities in northern Kosovo voted against accepting the Kosovo institutions.

Source: Tanjug
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These are the final results of a referendum held in the area last week, a committee set up to organize the plebiscite said in a statement on Monday.

According to official data presented in Zvečan, 69 citizens from the four municipalities voted in favor of accepting the Priština-based institutions, while 133 ballots were declared invalid.

The turnout was 75.29 percent, with 26,727 out of 35,500 registered citizens casting their ballots.

Member of the referendum committee Ljubomir Radović told a press conference that the organizers of the referendum "have not been in conflict with the Serbian government or against Serbia's EU integration".

Official Belgrade was against the referendum in northern Kosovo, but the local authorities did not comply with the request by top state officials.

The referendum on accepting the institutions of the so-called Republic of Kosovo was held on February 14 and 15 and both the international community and Priština's authorities opposed it.

Mayor of Zvečan Dobrosav Dobrić told a press conference that "no one can annul or not take into account the referendum results".

According to him, municipal assemblies will adopt their reports of the referendum committee, after which they will draw conclusions and adopt stances.

Kosovo's ethnic Albanians in February 2008 unilaterally proclaimed independence, but Serbs who form the majority population north of the Ibar River rejected it.

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