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UN envoy: after Kosovo elections a “period of uncertainty ahead”; Italy confirms support

NEW YORK, AUGUST 16 – Following the parliamentary elections of 11 June, which took place without “major irregularities or incidents,” Kosovo has entered a “period of uncertainty” marked by reconfiguring the political landscape and a “functional void,” the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Kosovo Zahir Tanin told the Security Council today.

“The transition phase has proven to be full of obstacles. The main coalition was not able to achieve an absolute majority, some of the parties increased their representation marginally and the long-standing opposition has taken a significant boost,” said Mr. Tanin in his regular briefing to the 15-member Council. But the polls had revealed a “change of mentality” among many voters, especially young people, more concerned about issues of access to economic opportunities, reducing corruption and strengthening the rule of law.

Addressing the Council, the Italian  Deputy Permanent Representative Inigo Lambertini confirmed that Italy is committed to assist Western Balkan Countries to consolidate and advance towards EU membership, “which is the real key to their long term stability”.

Italy “firmly believes that the normalization of relations between Pristina and Belgrade is an essential tile of this picture and a landmark building block of a durable stability and prosperity for the entire region”, said Lambertini recalling that Italy is a long-standing supporter of the work of UNMIK and EULEX, and a major contributor to KFOR whose lead has been recently reassigned an Italian Commander. (@OnuItalia)

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