The Prime Minister of the partially recognized Kosovo, Albin Kurti, said that new local elections in the north are possible if the Serbs are removed from the buildings of the local councils and their violent protests stop.
Kurti said Thursday after speaking with three US senators that "removing aggressive groups from municipal buildings and fully implementing the Brussels Agreement is the way to de-escalate until new elections are held."
Kurti also held a phone conversation with the White House's deputy national security adviser, John Feiner, after which he said that de-escalation of the situation "requires an immediate end to violence by groups against security forces supported by Belgrade, pending new elections in these municipalities."
Meanwhile, on Friday morning, Serbian protesters gathered again in front of the municipality building in Zvečany. Some carried banners reading: "We are not criminals, we just want freedom" and "You will not drive us out of our homes."
After the election of new mayors, protests broke out in Serbian communities in the north of Kosovo. Protesters attacked NATO peacekeepers with incendiary devices and stones in the village of Zvechan.
30 Italian and Hungarian soldiers and more than 50 Serbs were wounded.
In the by-elections, which were boycotted by the Serbs at the behest of the government in Belgrade, politicians of Albanian origin won with a turnout of less than 4%.
The President of Kosovo, Tereza Osmani, confirmed the day before that Kosovo is ready to organize new elections in the north.