North Mitrovica

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North Mitrovica
Municipality and city
North Mitrovica
North Kosovska Mitrovica
North Mitrovica
North Mitrovica
North Mitrovica is located in Kosovo
North Mitrovica
North Mitrovica
Location in Kosovo
Coordinates: 42°53′N 20°52′E / 42.883°N 20.867°E / 42.883; 20.867
Country Kosovo
District District of Mitrovica
Established 2013
Government
 • Mayor Goran Rakić
Area
 • Total 11 km2 (4 sq mi)
Population
 • Estimate (2014) 29,460
 • Density 2,678/km2 (6,940/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Area code(s) +381 28
Car plates 02
Website Official Website

North Mitrovica or North Kosovska Mitrovica (Albanian: Mitrovica e Veriut, Serbian: Ceвepнa Косовска Митровица/Severna Kosovska Mitrovica) is a municipality in northern Kosovo[a] established in 2013,[1][2] the settlement is part of the city of Mitrovica (Kosovska Mitrovica), divided by the Ibar river (and the river bridge). The separation came as a result of the North Kosovo crisis. It is the administrative centre of the Association of Serb municipalities, which is expected to be formed in 2015.

Due to the boycott by most municipalities in the north in the 2011 Kosovo census, the exact number of the population is unknown.[3] However, according to a report by the OSCE mission in Kosovo, North Mitrovica's total population is 29,460,[4] with the following ethnic composition: 76.6% Serbs, 16.6% Albanians and 6.8% others, including Bosniaks, Roma, Gorani and Turks.

Name[edit]

The northern part of Mitrovica (About this sound listen ; formerly "Kosovska Mitrovica") was commonly referred to as "North(ern) Kosovska Mitrovica" (Serbian: Северна Косовска Митровица), however, as of late, the northern part is referred to as simply North Mitrovica (Albanian: Mitrovica e veriut, sr. Северна Митровица).

Geography[edit]

View of the Mitrovica, with North Mitrovica in the background, Zvečan Fortress on the mountain to the left, and Trepča chimney on the right.

History[edit]

The city was officially part of Mitrovica, until its official separation in 2013. The separation came as a result of the North Kosovo crisis, following Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008. The municipality was recognized by the Government of Kosovo in 2013 before the Kosovo local elections.

The city served as the de facto capital of the North Kosovo region which refused to admit to the institutions of the Republic of Kosovo. Therefore, local Serbs formed the Assembly of Community of Municipalities, supported only by Serbia. However, with the signatory of the 2013 Brussels Agreement between the governments of Kosovo and Serbia, Serbia officially dropped its support for the assembly, therefore agreeing to create a new Community of Serb municipalities, an association of municipalities with Serb majority in Kosovo.[5] Its assembly will have no legislative authority and the judicial authorities will be integrated and operate within the Kosovo legal framework.[6]

Culture and education[edit]

North Mitrovica currently represents the most important political, cultural, educational and health centres for Serbs in Kosovo. It is the largest urban area in Kosovo where Serbs are the ethnic majority. In the city the University of Pristina is located, which is under war circumstances relocated from Pristina to Mitrovica and which is the among the fewest Slavic-speaking universities in Kosovo.[citation needed] In 2013, after November elections in Kosovo, North Mitrovica officially became a separate municipality.[7]

Sport[edit]

The FK Partizan Kosovska Mitrovica, FK Trepca Sever and Rudar Kosovska Mitrovica are football clubs that are located in this part of the city. FK Partizan has merged with FK Trepca. Currently FK Trepca plays in Serbian fourth rank Morava Zone League while FK Rudar Kosovska MItrovica plays in Football First League of North Kosovo.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

Annotations[edit]

  1. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 108 out of 193 United Nations member states.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 Elections in Kosovo: North Mitrovica, a separate municipality". KQZ-Ks. 
  2. ^ "2013 Kosovo Elections (Page 38): North Mitrovica". 
  3. ^ Karadaku, Linda. "Kosovo completes 2011 census without data from north". SETimes.com. Southeast Europe Times. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "OSCE figures 2014: North Mitrovica". OSCE. 
  5. ^ "Community of Serb Municipalities in Kosovo to be formed". InSerbia News. 
  6. ^ "Brussels Agreement 2013". Key number 10: 'The judicial authorities will be integrated and operate within the Kosovo legal framework... 
  7. ^ "Official website". 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°53′40″N 20°51′58″E / 42.894406°N 20.866095°E / 42.894406; 20.866095