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All Kosovo Groups Urged To Vote In Elections

Annan Urges All Communities In Kosovo To Vote In Saturday’s Elections

With the people of Kosovo heading to the polls this weekend for legislative elections, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on all communities in the province to exercise their right to vote.

“I urge members of the Kosovo Serb community to participate in the election and in this way to ensure that their interests and concerns are represented and promoted within Kosovo’s provisional institutions,” said a statement issued by a spokesperson for Mr. Annan.

“Kosovo’s leaders should do their utmost to encourage Kosovo’s voters to engage in the democratic process.”

Balloting on Saturday will be for representatives to the Kosovo Assembly, part of the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government, and are the first largely organized and run by the people of Kosovo themselves.

Mr. Annan voiced confidence that the elections “will prove to be yet another significant step in the consolidation of Kosovo’s representative and democratic provisional institutions of self-government and a further demonstration of Kosovo’s progress on the path of normalization and stability,” the statement said.

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