Krstimir Pantić (Serbian Cyrillic: Крстимир Пантић; born 1972) is a Kosovo Serb politician. He served as mayor of northern Kosovska Mitrovica from 2010 to 2013. He was re-elected to the position following the 2013 Brussels Agreement but refused to take the formal oath of office as the document was in the name of the Republic of Kosovo, which Serbia does not recognize. He subsequently served in the National Assembly of Serbia from 2014 to 2016 as a member of the Serbian Progressive Party.
Pantić was born in Kosovska Mitrovica, in what was then the Socialist Autonomous Province of Kosovo in the Socialist Republic of Serbia, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. He is a graduate of the University of Priština Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy.
Following the 1999 Kosovo War, Kosovska Mitrovica became divided between the predominantly Serb north and the predominantly Albanian south. Pantić became mayor of northern Kosovska Mitrovica in 2010, when the Progressive Party and the Democratic Party of Serbia formed a new local administration. At this time, the administration of northern Kosovska Mitrovica was not recognized by the government of Kosovo. Like most Kosovo Serb politicians, Pantić considers Kosovo to be a part of Serbia and does not recognize Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independence.
In July 2011, Kosovo Police crossed into the Serb areas of North Kosovo in an attempt to gain control of the border crossings between Kosovo and Central Serbia, without consulting Serbia or the international forces of KFOR/EULEX. This action, ultimately unsuccessful, was met with strong opposition from the local Serb community, which established roadblocks in the area. These events became known as the North Kosovo crisis. Pantić was among the Kosovo Serb mayors who organized and supported the roadblock protest. In late 2011, he rejected an appeal from Serbian presidentBoris Tadić to remove the barricades. He also rejected suggestions that the Serb municipalities of North Kosovo had mandated citizens to remain at the barricades, saying that all citizens at the barricades were participating voluntarily.
Against the backdrop of this crisis, Pantić called for representatives of the Serb communities to North Kosovo be included in ongoing negotiations between the governments of Serbia and Kosovo in Brussels. In early 2012, he played a leading role in organizing a referendum for Serbs in North Kosovo on whether or not to accept the institutions of Republic of Kosovo. The result was 99.74% opposed. In March 2012, Pantić indicated that he had forwarded the result to United Nations secretary-generalBan Ki-moon. The referendum was not sanctioned by the government of Serbia and was not recognized by the governments of either Serbia or Kosovo.
Pantić was appointed as a deputy director of Serbia’s Office for Kosovo and Metohija following its creation in 2012. In this capacity, he took part in the discussions that led to the 2013 Brussels Agreement, which normalized some relations between the governments of Serbia and Kosovo without resolving the status of the territory. He rejected accusations from the rival Democratic Party of Serbia that he was in a conflict-of-interest situation by virtue of serving as both mayor and deputy director.