Serbia is not giving up on its plans to hold parliamentary elections in Kosovo despite criticism from the international community, Serbian Minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanovic said on Tuesday.
"We will continue our discussions with the UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), OSCE, all relevant international factors, in order to secure unimpeded elections in Kosovo," Bogdanovic told Belgrade-based daily Danas.
On March 13, days after Serbia became a candidate for EU membership, country's President Boris Tadic called for parliamentary elections to be held in Kosovo.
Tadic signed a decree setting the key vote for the 250-seat national assembly on May 6. Local municipal elections have also been set for May 6.
The head UNMIK said that in his reply to the Serbian authorities that "under present circumstances", that mission could not organize the voting in Kosovo.
Serbia's plans for elections in Kosovo may escalate hostilities in the region. Kosovo Interior Minister Bajram Rexhepi has said that police are preparing an operational plan to prevent Serbia from organizing the vote.