Serbia's top leader supports Kosovo's weekend poll

GRACANICA, Kosovo (AP) — Serbia's deputy prime minister has urged Serbs in Kosovo to participate in Kosovo's local elections this weekend.

The Sunday poll is seen as a crucial test of the readiness of Kosovo and Serbia — two former foes — to move closer to the European Union. Aleksandar Vucic said the vote will help minority Serbs decide about their daily lives in the overwhelmingly ethnic Albanian territory of some 1.8 million people. He spoke on Friday in the Serb enclave of Gracanica, just south of the capital Pristina.

As part of attempts to normalize its relations with Kosovo, Serbia has agreed to convince Kosovo Serbs to end their boycott of ethnic Albanian dominated institutions in protest over Kosovo's 2008 secession from Serbia. Serbia claims the territory as its own.

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