Serbian elections and the dialogue: Decoding the Impact with Miodrag Marinković

In the recent episode of Alternativna’s podcast “The Kosovo key”, host Sanja Sovrlić engages in a comprehensive discussion with Miodrag Marinković – Executive director of the NGO Casa, unraveling the intricacies surrounding the recent December 17th elections in Serbia. The discussion touches upon various critical aspects, shedding light on the challenges faced by Serbs in Kosovo and the evolving dynamics of the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue.

The podcast initiates by addressing the hurdles faced by Serbs in Kosovo during the Serbian parliamentary elections, where they were compelled to travel outside their hometowns to cast their votes in Serbia. Marinković highlights the impact of Pristina’s stance on this matter and the complex dynamics influencing the voting landscape.

The conversation delves into Prime Minister Albin Kurti’s stance on Serbs voting, framing it as an attempt to assert sovereignty amid international uncertainties.

Marinković provides insights into the challenges posed by Kurti’s policies and its implications for the Serbs in Kosovo.

Marinković further scrutinizes Belgrade’s response to the decision on the Serbian elections not to be held in Kosovo, with a specific focus on President Aleksandar Vučić’s statements. Speaking about the time and manner of these statements, he refers to the passive position in which Belgrade is in the context of the Kosovo issue and the rights of Serbs in Kosovo.

The discussion extends to international reactions and observations, questioning their adequacy in addressing electoral irregularities regarding the Serbian elections on 17th December. The analysis shifts to the election results, dissecting the victory of the Serbian Progressive Party and its implications.

Marinković provides a nuanced interpretation, emphasizing the need to look beyond statistics to understand the evolving sentiments and potential dissatisfaction of Kosovo Serbs with Belgrade’s policies.

The conversation also looks at the potential trajectory of the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue. Marinković shares an insight into the expected continuity of the Serbian Government’s policy towards the Kosovo issue, that is, as he states, the absence of a policy and the role of international pressure in shaping the dialogue.

Marinković emphasizes the need for an active policy in the Kosovo Serb community, which would deal with the concerns of citizens.

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