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A boycott will leave the Serb community stuck in a ghetto

A boycott will leave the Serb community stuck in a ghetto

(06/12-2010) In an open letter signed by 104 of Serbia’s leading intellectuals, the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia appeals to Serbs in Kosovo to vote in the upcoming extraordinary parliamentary elections to be held on 12 December 2010.

These elections provides an opportunity for the Serb community to further strengthen its position as an independent political factor in Kosovo. And this position ensures the community’s upper hand in the settlement of the problems of its everyday life. A boycott of the parliamentary elections would only be to the detriment of the Serb community in Kosovo and leave it stuck in a ghetto.

 

Appeal to the Serb Community in Kosovo to Participate in the

December 12 Parliamentary Elections

 

Serbia’s application for EU candidacy and the announced Belgrade-Prishtina dialogue have built a political context favorable to the Serb community in Kosovo. These new circumstances claim the Serb community’s more active stance towards its own future, particularly in the terms of lasting sustainability and development in Kosovo. And the achievement of these goals implies participation in the parliamentary elections scheduled for December 12, 2010.

By casting a ballot in these elections the Serb community secures political legitimacy and gets the opportunity to influence Kosovo’s sociopolitical scene and contribute to the strengthening of a multiethnic society. By exercising their voting rights Kosovo Serbs acquire democratic representation in the parliament and actively participate in the process of lawmaking and legal functioning of the Kosovo society.

The lesson taught by the local elections of 2009 should encourage the Serb community to further strengthen its position of an independent political factor in Kosovo. And this position ensures the community’s upper hand in the settlement of the problems of its everyday life. Many political actors in Serbia have changed their attitude towards Kosovo Serbs’ political participation despite the fact that the government still lacks courage and wisdom to appeal to Kosovo Serbs to participate in the elections. They are all aware that boycott of the parliamentary elections would only be to the detriment of the Serb community in Kosovo and leave it stuck in a ghetto.

New political circumstances and the international community’s resolve to solve the problem of minority communities in Kosovo are further guarantees of Serb and other minority communities’ successful integration into the Kosovo society.

Therefore, we once again appeal to all Kosovo Serbs to vote in the upcoming elections, which are their life-chance opportunity to remain and prosper.

1. Aljoša Mimica

2. Bashkim Hisari

3. Bojana Obradović

4. Branislav Cole Kovačević

5. Daša Duhaček

6. Draga Božinović

7. Fahri Musliu

8. Goran Miletić

9. Ivan Andrić

10. Ivan Kuzminović

11. Ivan Obradović

12. Latinka Perović

13. Lula Mikijelj

14. Ljiljana Palibrk

15. Milan Antonijević

16. Milan Šahović

17. Miljenko Dereta

18. Miroslav Filipović

19. Nataša Novaković

20. Nikola Samardžić

21. Pavel Domonji

22. Petar Luković

23. Rade Mikijelj

24. Seška Stanojlović

25. Sonja Biserko

26. Teofil Pančić

27. Miloš Vasić

28. Staša Zajović

29. Jelena Milić

30. Marko Karadžić

31. Kazimir Ćurgus

32. Aida Ćorović

33. Zibija Šarenkapić

34. Semiha Kačar

35. Zagorka Golubović

36. Boško Jakšić

37. Jovan Teokarević

38. Slobodan Kostić

39. Slobodanka Ast

4o. Bora Todorović

41. Slobodan Šijan

42. Mirjana Miočinović

43. Predrag Sarapa

44. Mirjana Karanović

45. dr Radmilo Krstić

46. Ana Pribićević

47. Vesna Cvejić

48. Cveta Davičo

49. Vlajko Đokić

50. Gordana Pucar

51. Srñan Karanović

52. Aleksandra Jovićević

53. Olga Zirojević

54. Vladimir Arsenijević

55. Mirjana Pavlović

56. Vesna Petrović

57. Dubravka Stojanović

58. Dušan Mijić

59. Đorñe Subotić

60. Gojko Mišković

61. Mikloš Biro

62. Ranko Končar

63. Čedomir Jovanović

64. Nataša Mićić

65. Zoran Ostojić

66. Žarko Korać

67. Dušan Bogdanović

68. Borka Pavićević

69. Aleksandar Popov

70. Dragoljub Todorović

71. Nenad Prokić

72. Svetlana Lukić

73. Svetlana Vuković

74. Branimir Stojanović

75. Dimitrije Boarov

76. Ljubomir Živkov

77. Dušan Janjić

78. Vera Marković

79. Judita Popović

80. Nenad Milić

81. Slobodan Maraš

82. Milica Tomić

83. Vesna Pešić

84. Mirko Djordjević

85. Branka Kaljević

86. Milica Lučić Čavić

87. Branka Mihajlović

88. Nadežda Gaće

89. Gordana Logar

90. Janja Beč

91. Milan Jovanović

92. Ninoslav Krstić

93. Predrag Koraksić

94. Miroslav Filipović

95. Nebojša Samardžić

96. Miša Brkić

97. Dejan Ilić

98. Tomislav Žigmanov

99. Vladimir Pavićević

100. Tamara Kaliterna

101. Stipe Sikavica

102.Drago Kovačević

103. Vladimir Gligorov

104. Zoran Dragišić

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