OSCE mission chief in Kosovo Michael Davenport has said that there can be no return to normalcy in the north of Kosovo until Serbs return to institutions.
In a June 8 interview with Demostat he added that the mayor elects of the municipalities in the north had been legally chosen, but lacked legitimacy. "Despite being elected legally, the mayors have no legitimacy because the elections were boycotted by a huge majority of Kosovo Serb voters," Davenport said adding that members of the OSCE mission where constantly in contact with representatives of civil society and citizens.
He stressed that it will be important to hold new elections which include the representatives of all communities in Kosovo's north. If the sides can agree, the OSCE can offer support for facilitating the process of the reintegration of Serbs in northern Kosovo. "There can be no return to anything that resembles normalcy for citizens in the north until the representatives of all communities start participating in institutions for public security, the judiciary, in municipal elections and municipal administrations," Davenport said.