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UNMIK Headlines 29 July

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• EU: Delays in formation of special court, unjustified (Koha Ditore)
• Kosovo government to discuss special court today? (Epoka e Re)
• Special court, only if voted in a package with Armed Forces (Zeri)
• Selimi: We put in a lot of work on the UNESCO membership (Klan Kosova)
• Serbs cannot impede Kosovo at UNESCO (Epoka e Re)
• Dialogue continues (Epoka e Re)
• Vucic: Serbia will not recognize Kosovo (Kosova Sot)
• Llapushnik residents allow church to be built in their village (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 28 May

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• Grabovci: We are working with MPs who voted against special court (Zeri/Kosovapress)
• US Embassy invited Mustafa and Thaci to an urgent meeting (Top Channel)
• Rexhepi: Kadri Veseli – the evil of the PDK (Zeri)
• UN “recognizes” Republic of Kosovo (Koha Ditore)
• Defense of Drenica group to address the Court of Appeals (Epoka e Re)
• US State Department: Kosovo doesn’t meet criteria to fight trafficking (dailies)

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UNMIK Headlines 27 July

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• Special court’s week (Zeri/Koha Ditore)
• Government has no plans for the special court this week (Epoka e Re)
• HRW: EU to ask Government to secure votes for special court (Koha)
• Serbia doesn’t want Kosovo in UNESCO (Zeri)
• Half of “Civil Protection” out of integration (Epoka e Re)

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UNMIK Headlines 25 July

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• Thaci warns PDK MPs to vote in favor of special court (Zeri)
• Tahiri: No Association without dissolution of illegal structures (Zeri)
• Kosovo has applied for UNESCO membership through UNMIK (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 24 July

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• Serbia cancels agreement on free movement with Kosovo (Zeri)
• Special court, 85 votes in favor (Zeri)
• Government failed to prepare law on Trepca mining complex (Koha)
• Police: Those arrested in Badovc were preparing terror attack (Koha)
• Kosovo government reacts to Politico story on Hashim Thaci (Bota Sot)
• Kosovo and UK sign cooperation agreement (dailies)
• 400,000 unresolved cases in Kosovo courts (Koha)
• Salih Mekaj under house arrest (Zeri)
• The scandal with the Indian “millionaires” (Zeri)
• Former NLA commander killed in Kumanovo (dailies)

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UNMIK Headlines 23 July

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• Thaci: Special court to be voted before holidays (Epoka e Re)
• Yazdgerdi: Special court must be established by Kosovo institutions (Bota)
• Vetevendosje fails to pass resolution on EULEX (dailies)
• EULEX reacts to opposition’s motion (Koha Ditore)
• Poll: Dramatic decline of PDK (Kosova Sot)
• Hyseni: Kosovo, a place of origin for extremists (Zeri)
• AAK: Our people are not involved in FYROM events (Epoka e Re)
• US Congressman Engel calls Sudetic a slanderer (RTKlive)
• Jevtic expresses concern over incidents involving returnees (Kosova Sot)

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UNMIK Headlines 22 July

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• Thaci to meet PDK MPs regarding special court today (Zeri)
• Konjufca: Re-voting of special court, blow to constitutional order (Epoka)
• Braathu: Special court, inevitable (Zeri)
• Collaku: In 2016, without visas in the EU (Zeri)
• “The bullies who run Kosovo” (Koha/Politico.eu)
• Serwer: Sudetic is a bully (Telegrafi)
• Mekaj suspected of several criminal offences (dailies)

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UNMIK Headlines 21 July

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• Serbian List votes will determine fate of Armed Forces (Koha)
• Mustafa: No one set us conditions on Armed Forces (Bota Sot)
• Haradinaj calls for early parliamentary elections (Epoka e Re)
• Baroness Anelay visiting Kosovo today (Kosovapress)
• President of Court of Appeals in Peja arrested by KP (Indeksonline)
• Visa liberalization, tough challenge for Kosovo (Kosova Sot)
• Trepca miners demand pay rise (Kosova Sot)

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    Albanian communication skills (Koha)

    By   2 days ago

    The Brussels based correspondent of this daily, Augustin Palokaj, writes that the public opinion in Kosovo is recently dealing with an interview that the President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, gave to the German public broadcaster, ZDF. “We call it a failed interview, because the German journalist did not receive an answer to the question that […]

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    It is not EULEX’s fault (Kosova Sot)

    By   5 days ago

    The paper on its front page editorial today writes that nothing new is expected to happen even though the Kosovo Assembly adopted a Resolution on EULEX, through which President Atifete Jahjaga would write a letter to the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini asking her to investigate corruption allegations within this mission.  According to the paper, the […]

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    Prime Minister, why don’t you establish Armed Forces? (Gazeta Blic)

    By   7 days ago

    The news site’s editor-in-chief, Adrian Collaku, writes that Prime Minister Isa Mustafa should accept the reality together with his coalition partner Hashim Thaci, that they are powerless when it comes to facing the Serbian List in regards to the Kosovo Armed Forces. “Even when the ruling coalition was created, the LDK and PDK stated that […]

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    The fate of the Kosovo Armed Forces (Kosova Sot)

    By   1 week ago

    The paper on its front page editorial writes that if the MPs’ fail to approve Kosovo’s Army before going on vacation, it would be considered as a failed season for the government of Kosovo. “The Parliament has a responsibility towards its citizens, and the transformation of KSF to KAF is a must for Kosovo, in order […]

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    Kosovo cannot be “the center of the world” forever (Zeri/Epoka)

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    The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Xhavit Haliti, writes in an opinion piece today that Kosovo’s future was put into question by two major events: the political stalemate and the special court. “The six-month political stalemate after the elections last year left our international friends worried for Kosovo. After that, the rejection of the special court […]

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    A law that serves the interests of the mafia-political oligarchy (Kosova Sot)

    By   2 weeks ago

    The paper’s front-page editorial argues that Kosovo government officials are adjusting the law on the prevention of conflicts of interest to their own interests. “Stubborn and corrupt politicians, together with their advisors, who are part of the oligarchic chain that has usurped democracy and the state, are not interested in establishing law and order in […]

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    Serbia’s double play with Srebrenica (Koha Ditore)

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    The paper’s Brussels-based correspondent, Augustin Palokaj, writes today that the Government of Serbia on one side, with the help of Russia, blocks the United Nations Resolution on Srebrenica and refuses to accept that the massacre of more than 8,000 men in Srebrenica was genocide, while on the other side the Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic […]

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    Two weeks without special court – no big deal (Gazeta Blic)

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    The news site published an editorial writing that so much was discussed about the consequences that would bring the rejection of the establishment of the special court, that it was created an impression that everyone was afraid of what was going to happen next. “However, the rejection of the special court didn’t bring the apocalypse […]

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      PDK MPs will meet on Wednesday (Telegrafi)

      By   21 hours ago

      The head of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) parliamentary group, Adem Grabovci, said that PDK MPs will meet on Wednesday and not today as was initially reported in the media. PDK MPs will discuss the establishment of the special court which will address war crimes allegations in Kosovo.

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      Kosovo Serbs confident they can block Kosovo’s membership of UNESCO (Lajm)

      By   21 hours ago

      The Gracanica-based European Movement of Serbs in Kosovo, led by Rada Trajkovic, issued a communiqué on Monday arguing that Kosovo cannot become a member of the UNESCO without the help of Serbs. The communiqué recalls that Articles 17 and 18 of the Constitution of Kosovo note that membership of international organizations requires 2/3 of votes […]

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      Salih Mekaj suspended from his position as President of Appellate Court (Koha)

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      The Disciplinary Committee within the Kosovo Judicial Council has decided to suspend Salih Mekaj from his positions as President of the Court of Appeals and member of the Board of the Kosovo Judicial Council. This decision came since Mekaj was arrested last week and is being detained on criminal offence charges.

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      Osmani: Government is late on re-submitting amendment 24 (Telegrafi)

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      The Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) MP, Vjosa Osmani, said today that the government of Kosovo is being late on re-submitting to the Assembly the constitutional amendments that enable establishment of the special court. “I’m not sure if the PDK is making serious efforts to convince MPs to vote in favor of special court, however, […]

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      Opposition requests early elections (Koha)

      By   5 days ago

      The representatives of the three opposition parties, Vetevendosje, Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK), and Initiative for Kosovo (NISMA), have requested early parliamentary elections. The leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosvo, Ramush Haradinaj, head of the NISMA’s parliamentary group Valdete Bajrami and Vetevendosje activist, Frasher Krasniqi, assessed that the only solution […]

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      Thaci, the most preferred candidate for president of Kosovo (Kosovapress)

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      According to a survey carried out by the Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI), the leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) Hashim Thaci is the most preferred candidate for the post of Kosovo president. Thaci is followed by Albin Kurti from Vetevendosje while the leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) Ramush […]

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      EULEX threatens to sue Maria Bamieh (Klan Kosova)

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      Former EULEX prosecutor and whistleblower Maria Bamieh has been threatened with a lawsuit by EULEX lawyers if she disclosed any information regarding her own lawsuit against her former employer. EULEX has addressed the employment tribunal in London asking for full confidentiality in the process. This would prevent the media from reporting on aspects of the […]

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      “The Americans want Jahjaga to have another mandate as Kosovo President” (Gazeta Blic)

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      Citing unnamed international sources, the news site reports that Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga enjoys great support to have another mandate in office. “The Americans want to keep Jahjaga as President of Kosovo for another mandate. In fact, they’re already working on this,” the international source said. He also argued that international officials do not support […]

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        Diplomatic fight of Serbia for votes in UNESCO (Politika)

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        Possible Kosovo membership in the UNESCO would not change the status of the Serbian cultural heritage which is located in that area, because legally it is ownership of the Serbian Orthodox Church. But Serbia would then have to initiate diplomatic struggle, in order to certify the precise formulation of the orthodox cultural heritage in that […]

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        International law, politics and panic (Danas)

        By   22 hours ago

        Whether Kosovo will become a member of UNESCO depends on the member states of this organization. Instead of panic, Serbia should welcome entering Kosovo in UNESCO, as another mechanism for the protection of heritage of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo, said Kosovo Deputy FM Petrit Selimi, commenting the letter which Minister of Foreign Affairs […]

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        Britain demands progress in dialogue from Pristina (B92)

        By   22 hours ago

        After Germany, Britain has also been criticizing Kosovo politicians, demanding from them progress in the dialogue with Belgrade, according to the daily Blic. The paper said it learned “from diplomatic sources” that such a message was given to Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa and President Atifete Jahjaga by Baroness Joyce Anelay, special advisor of British […]

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        Kosovo parliament does not accept the Cyrillic script (KIM Radio)

        By   23 hours ago

        A document written in Cyrillic script, which Ministry of Communities and Returns handed over to Kosovo Parliament, was rejected by the Commission for legislation because of “untypical format.” The document in Cyrillic was rejected yesterday at a meeting of the Parliamentary Commission for Legislation, chaired by Albulena Haxhiu, from Self-Determination. “As you can see the […]

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        Stojanovic: No serious dialogue in Pristina about ZSO (RTK2)

        By   23 hours ago

        There is no serious dialogue on the establishment of the Community / Association of Serb municipalities (ZSO) between Serbs and Albanians in the Kosovo government, and Kosovo Albanians do not have a united position which competencies the ZSO should have, said Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister Branimir Stojanovic. “If there would be a serious dialogue, maybe […]

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        The story on destroyed mosques is an argument for UNESCO membership (Politika)

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        Pristina officials are trying to strengthen their position in diplomatic struggle for admission in UNESCO, so they initiated the bidding on the number of mosques that Serbian Security Forces allegedly ruined in Kosovo. In regards to the application of Kosovo for UNESCO membership, Serbian officials stated that “those who destroyed 150 orthodox churches and monasteries […]

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        Stokvis: Netherland will not be against Kosovo’s admission to UNESCO (Danas)  

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        The outgoing Dutch Ambassador in Serbia Laurent Stokvis said in an interview for Danas that he expect opening of the first chapter in the negotiations with the EU during this year. Stokvis has indicated that, from a technical point of view “an action plan for Chapter 23 on the rule of law has not been […]

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        Islamic scholar behind IS recruitment in Serbia (Dailies)

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        Idriz Bilibani, “MA in Islamic Studies from Prizren,” has been described as “the main organizer of departure of Serbian citizens to the religious war in Syria.” There, they fight on the side of Islamic State, according to a report in the Belgrade-based newspaper Blic. “According to the most recent data of security services about the […]

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          Serbia Vows to Stop Kosovo Joining UNESCO (Balkan Insight)

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          Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic has sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saying that Kosovo’s request to become a member of UNESCO is unacceptable under international law, Serbian public broadcaster RTS reported on Sunday. “Kosovo, as a territory under the UN’s administration, in line with the current and binding UN [Security Council] resolution […]

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          Top Judge’s Detention Shakes Kosovo Judiciary (Balkan Insight)

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          The detention of the head of the Appeals Court earlier this week is seen as major blow to the image of the Kosovo judiciary – thoough some say it could be a chance for a fresh start. The detention of the head of the Appeals Court, Sali Mekaj, earlier this week is one the most […]

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          An ‘inflammatory’ attack on Kosovo (Politico)

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          By Arban Abrashi Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Spokesperson, Kosovo Government We deserve to integrate with the European and Atlantic families of nations. Chuck Sudetic’s “The bullies who run Kosovo” (July 21), which reports to address the situation in Kosovo and the current debate in the Parliament over establishment of Special Chambers, is based on gross […]

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          Kosovo needs US and European support (Politico.eu)

          By   6 days ago

          By ELIOT L. ENGEL 22/7/15 Building a democracy is hard work, and Kosovo needs international backing in achieving this. I recently returned from Kosovo where I met with the country’s leaders. We discussed the growth in Kosovo’s democracy and how Freedom House has upgraded its rating to “Parliamentary Democracy.” We reflected on the overwhelming support […]

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          The bullies who run Kosovo (Politico.eu)

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          Hashim Thaçi and the rest of the Kosovar political elite are frustrating investigations into murder, kidnapping, and trafficking in human organs.

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          Catalans may go for unilateral declaration of independence (AFP,B92)

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          “Catalan separatists” have announced they are ready to for a unilateral declaration of independence, AFP has reported. This may take place “if Madrid attempted to block a separation process they hope to launch if successful in September’s regional elections.” The French agency added that “Spain’s conservative government fiercely opposes independence for the rich northeastern region […]

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          Kosovo Serbs Oppose Honour for Rights Activist (Balkan Insight)

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          Serb politicians in Kosovo’s ethnically-mixed Klina municipality are opposing the naming of a street after Belgrade-based human rights activist Natasa Kandic, saying she does not represent them. Serb councillors in Klina said the street should not be named after activist Natasa Kandic, the founder of the Humanitarian Law Centre NGO, which has investigated war crimes […]

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          Kosovo Plans to Join UNESCO by November (Balkan Insight)

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          Kosovo said it had filed an application to join UNESCO amidst Belgrade’s insistance that this would entail ‘indirect recognition’ of its independence. Prime Minister Hashim Thaci announced on Thursday that Kosovo had applied to join the UN’s culture arm, UNESCO, marking another step to achieve full recognition of its independence. “We have just applied for […]

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