Kosovo Serbs are asked to vote again after poll violence two weeks ago

Sunday 17 November 2013 17.12
International observers leaving a polling station in Mitrovica attacked by masked men a fortnight ago
International observers leaving a polling station in Mitrovica attacked by masked men a fortnight ago

Residents of a Serbian part of Northern Kosovo are being asked again to vote in local elections today. 

The first attempt in Mitrovica almost a fortnight ago ended in chaos with masked intruders smashing up polling stations. 

Almost all ethnic Serbs refuse to recognise Kosovo's independence and also reject calls to vote. 

Most ethnic Serbs in Mitrovica did not take part in the local elections - the first since independence was declared in 2008 - unlike ethnic Albanians in the south.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 but the Serb minority in Kosovo's north refuses to accept the validity or authority of the government in Pristina.

Keywords: kosovo, serbia