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UNMIK Headlines 24 August

By   3 hours ago

• PAN without an agreement, calls for all-inclusive government (media)
• Pacolli denies media reports about meeting with Veseli and Haradinaj (media)
• Two foreigners arrested in Kosovo (media)
• Serbian media: Daut Haradinaj, first to be indicted by Special Court (Kosova Sot)
• Vucic and Zaev agree to overcome crisis (RTK)

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UNMIK Headlines 23 August

By   1 day ago

• Pacolli returns to the party that “strangled” him (Koha)
• Hoxhaj: New government could review demarcation deal (Koha)
• Vucic: I once told Edita Tahiri “leave the room” (RTK)
• McAllister: A legally binding agreement between Kosovo and Serbia (DW)
• Agreement on division of ministries (Zeri)
• Vetevendosje activists released from detention and house arrest (Zeri)
• EU calls for calm after FYROM, Serbia diplomatic incident (Kallxo.com)

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UNMIK Headlines 22 August

By   2 days ago

• AKR starts negotiations with Haradinaj’s government (Koha Ditore)
• AKR accuses LDK for breach of agreement and biased decisions (media)
• Tahiri: Serbia requests reconciliation without apologizing (Kallxo.com)
• Kosovo believes to have the votes for Interpol membership (RFE)
• Limaj confirms discussions with AKR (TV Dukagjini)
• President Thaci declares Tuesday a day of mourning in Kosovo (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 21 August

By   3 days ago

• Interpol to be postponed for another year (Koha Ditore)
• AKR requests from Pacolli to find solution outside LAA (Koha Ditore)
• Ymeri: PAN continues to block Kosovo (Koha Ditore)
• CEC: Deadline to apply for local elections on Tuesday (media)
• Sejdiu: I will not vote for PAN coalition (Lajmi.net)
• Brnabic: It is important that dialogue for Kosovo has started (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 19 August

By   5 days ago

• Haziri: LDK to consider Kurti’s proposal (RTK)
• Mustafa: Kosovo needs government with Albanian majority (Gazeta Metro)
• Makolli: Pacolli’s ultimatum intended unification of opposition (Zeri)
• Kosovo to sign petition for membership at UNESCO (media)
• Serwer: Government with 61 votes is not a stability formula (Zeri)
• Rame Buja resigns from PDK (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 18 August

By   6 days ago

Pacolli postpones the ultimatum (Koha Ditore)
Delawie to MPs: Find a solution, do not argue pointlessly (Klan Kosova)
PAN: Next week, crucial for creation of institutions (Epoka e Re)
Abdixhiku: LDK does not accept any ultimatum (Zeri)
Buja: I did not have other solution but to leave PDK (Epoka e Re)
SRSG Zahir Tanin condemns the attack against Parim Olluri (Insajderi)
Kosovo leaders condemn terrorist attack in Barcelona (media)
 

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UNMIK Headlines 17 August

By   1 week ago

• Tanin: Kosovo lost significant economic opportunities (media)
• Haradinaj requests a broad based government (Kosova Sot)
• Head of Kosovo Correctional Service attacked in Pristina (media)
• PDK expects Veseli’s election (Kosova Sot)
• Director of Insajderi physically assaulted (Insajderi)

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UNMIK Headlines 16 August

By   1 week ago

• The PAN coalition changes position (Koha)
• “The session to resume when political conditions are created” (Epoka e Re)
• LAA holds a roundtable with political parties, PAN not invited (RTK)
• Mustafa has conditions for Vetevendosje (media)
• Vetevendosje uncertain on addressing the Constitutional Court (Zeri)
• Kosovo “forgets” the dialogue (RFE)
• The U.S. values Kosovo’s steps against religious radicalisation (Koha)
• Lack of constitution of institutions risks €78 million EU support (Koha)

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    Kosovo’s Interpol membership is far from assured (Kosovo 2.0)

    By   3 days ago

    By Leonora Aliu As UN General Assembly vote approaches, does Kosovo have the support? Toward the end of 2014, Slobodan Gavric, a Serbian citizen, was caught in Kosovo’s capital with 12 kilos of explosives, which turned out had been transported from Belgrade to the Arberia neighborhood in Prishtina with no problem whatsoever. As a result, […]

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    Thaci: Last train to a lasting peace (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

    By   7 days ago

    Kosovo and Serbia have been negotiating under the auspices of the European Union and the strong support of the United States towards the goal of normalisation of relations for over six years now. While we have to recognise that important strides have been taken in that direction culminating with signing of the First Agreement on […]

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    PAN, the detestable kid (Prishtina Insight)

    By   7 days ago

    By: Andrea Lorenzo Capussela, Aidan Hehir, and Shpend Kursani Two 2014 Constitutional Court decisions brought about a deepening political crisis in Kosovo. Putting PAN in opposition is the best way out. When we were children, we all detested the kid who, having lost the game, grabbed the ball and took it home. The similarity between […]

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    Fixing What’s Wrong With Kosovo Politics (Balkan Insight)

    By   1 week ago

    By: Krenar Gashi Kosovo’s current crisis is a result of local power struggles and bungled foreign interference – and until people realize that, the political system will remain damaged. Since the snap parliamentary election in June, Kosovo has been struggling to constitute its state institutions. Parliament only kicked off its constitutive session last week. But […]

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    The traitors’ clique (Kosovo 2.0)

    By   1 week ago

    By Qerim Ondozi Statement by the War Veterans’ Organization of the Kosovo Liberation Army: Who is to blame? In the most recent attempt at an inaugural session of the Kosovo Assembly, which was interrupted for the fifth consecutive time having failed to reach a quorum, deputies were given the opportunity to speak before people present in the parliament, […]

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    What Kosovo Can(‘t) Expect from Vucic’s Call for Dialogue (Balkan Insight)

    By   1 week ago

    By: Gezim Krasniqi Far from signaling a new era in Serbia-Kosovo relations, Vucic’s recent call to ‘get real’ on the issue could lead to attempts to redraw borders. While optimists may have welcomed Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s recent call for an internal debate within Serbia about Kosovo, seasoned observers fear the move will serve to […]

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    Milosevic lot Kosovo: Can Serbia let go? (Huffpost)

    By   2 weeks ago

    Serbia wants to join the European Union (EU). Brussels is clear: no EU membership for Serbia until it normalizes relations with Kosovo. Normalization means recognizing Kosovo’s independence. Kosovo rejected ties to Serbia in 1991, in response to Slobodan Milosevic’s draconian repression. More than 10,000 Kosovo Albanians died and up to one million were displaced during […]

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    Can there be institutions in Kosovo without PDK? (Prishtina Insight)

    By   2 weeks ago

    By: Shpend Kursani Decisions made by institutions under the influence of PDK in 2014 led to the current political stalemate. But the vote tally points to a way out. Anybody following elections in most Western Balkan countries has most likely encountered a the keyword: ‘institutional crisis.’ It is no different with the recent elections in […]

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      Haradinaj: We are trying to find a formula for sustainable institutions (media)

      By   23 hours ago

      Ramush Haradinaj, candidate for Prime Minister from the PDK-AAK-NISMA coalition, posted on Facebook today saying that he is “searching for a formula for sustainable government institutions”. “It is time for political parties and their leaders to reflect and accept the game rules laid out by the Constitution and the Constitutional Framework and unblock the country. […]

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      Thaci: The fate of the missing should not be politicized (RTK)

      By   23 hours ago

      The President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, said that delay on shedding light on the missing persons is unacceptable. “I was and will remain engaged on the issue of the missing in order for it to conclude soon and in a fair manner. I will personally engage to shed light on the fate of the missing […]

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      Matoshi: We have no decision against PAN (RTK)

      By   23 hours ago

      The fate of the agreement with the PAN coalition, on election of the Assembly President and creation of the government, depends on the leader of the Alliance for New Kosovo (AKR), Behxhet Pacolli. The AKR leadership and its MPs could not find a solution to unblock the institutions, as authorized on Sunday by the steering […]

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      Bahtiri: This is our decision on coalition with PAN (Indeksonline)

      By   1 day ago

      Agim Bahtiri, deputy leader of the Pacolli-led New Kosovo Alliance (AKR), posted on his Facebook account about the meeting of the party’s chairmanship on Tuesday evening. “I want to inform you that the AKR decided last night not to enter into a coalition with PAN [PDK-AAK-NISMA coalition],” Bahtiri wrote.

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      Ditman to Vucic: Internal dialogue, a right move (media)

      By   2 days ago

      Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met with German Ambassador to Serbia, Alex Ditman. They discussed many issues and the most important one was that of Kosovo. German Ambassador Alex Ditman stressed that internal dialogue for Kosovo is a serious and right move, Serbian media reported. Vucic said that the internal dialogue as well as resuming of […]

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      Arban Abrashi, LDK’s nominee for Pristina mayor (KTV)

      By   2 days ago

      Koha.net’s sources within the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) informed that this party has nominated former Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, Arban Abrashi, to compete for mayor of Pristina, in local elections to be held in October of this year. LDK also nominated Hatim Baxhaku for the mayor of Prizren. The portal reports that […]

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      Vujicic criticizes Edita Tahiri for suspicion on Vucic’s sincerity (Koha)

      By   2 days ago

      Head of the Association of Kosovo Montenegrins, Slobodan Vujicic, reacted to the statement of Kosovo’s outgoing Minister for Dialogue, Edita Tahiri, where she expressed suspicion on sincerity of Aleksandar Vucic’s initiative for internal debate on Kosovo. We consider that Kosovo officials should not publicly bring negative conclusions about the flow of the dialogue in Serbia, […]

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      Former Kosovo PM Bajram Rexhepi dies (media)

      By   3 days ago

      Most of the media reported today that Bajram Rexhepi, the first elected Prime Minister of Kosovo, has died at the age of 63 in a hospital in Turkey, after suffering a stroke earlier this year. Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci, Acting Prime Minister Isa Mustafa, many political and institutional leaders, the U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo Greg […]

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        Petrović: SLS ready for the position of deputy Assembly speaker (RTK2)

        By   32 mins ago

        Slobodan Petrović, the Independent Liberal Party (SLS) leader, said today that the party expressed readiness for the position of deputy chairman of the Assembly of Kosovo. There is no ambiguity regarding the possibility, the Kosovo Constitution allows the Serbian community to have a guaranteed vice-speaker position – said Petrović, who is also the only deputy of the SLS […]

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        Kosovo will not join UNESCO, Dacic is certain (Blic, B92)

        By   2 hours ago

        “If they apply, the voting will take place at the Executive Board in October, if it passes there, then in November at the General Conference,” Serbian Foreign Minister, Ivica Dacic said to the Serbian daily Blic. The FM also thinks that Pristina will not succeed. “I have been dealing with this issue continuously, we are […]

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        Gnjilane: Russian journalists released (RTV Puls)

        By   2 hours ago

        The three journalists of the Russian nationality, the Kosovo police arrested in Partes yesterday, were released from the custody in the afternoon and no criminal proceedings were initiated against them, the Serbian local TV station RTV Puls reported this morning. “Foreign citizens brought in yesterday, were released around 17.00 hrs from the police station in […]

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        Abbess Makarija: It is an absurd that Albanians seek to join UNESCO (Blic, Tanjug, Kontkat Plus Radio)

        By   2 hours ago

        The Abbess of Sokolica Monastery, Makarija said to the Serbian media, it is an absurd that Albanians seek to join UNESCO. “What do they have to protect? They have no cultural monuments. Except, Sultan-Murat Turbe (Sultan, who led Turkish forces in the Kosovo battle in 1389) and Sinan Pasha Mosque in Prizren, that was made […]

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        Vucic and Zaev agree on “5 points” in “long and open” call (B92)

        By   23 hours ago

        Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev today had “a long and open” telephone conversation, it has been announced. They considered “all the newly-created circumstances.” A joint statement said that the Serbian president and Macedonian prime minister reached agreement on five points, cited as follows: Full statement is available on the link […]

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        Serb candidates for the upcoming local elections in Kosovo (Serbian media)

        By   23 hours ago

        The Serbian List submitted its list for mayors and councillors for the upcoming local elections in Kosovo scheduled for 22 October. The candidate of the Serbian List for the mayor of the municipality of Gračanica/Graqanicë is Srđan Popović, the deputy in the previous convocation of the assembly. Former Mayors – Bratislav Nikolić, Gradimir Mikić, Svetislav […]

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        “Terrorists can reach Europe from Balkans within hours” (B92)

        By   23 hours ago

        A former chief of the Czech Army has warned that the EU is not paying attention to the Western Balkans – and is thus allow “terrorists to rest in the region.” “We are dealing with an entirely different part of Europe, that is, Western and Central Europe, and we have stopped paying attention to the […]

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        “Rexhepi knew to honestly talk to Serbs” (KIM Radio)

        By   23 hours ago

        “At the times when it was unthinkable, Rexhepi was able to talk to the Serb political representatives,” said Rada Trajkovic, to RTV KIM. Although, they used to clash due to different political stances, Trajkovic, leader of the European Movement, said the death of Bajram Rexhepi is a loss to her. Trajkovic also recalled that Bajram […]

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          Bosnia, Kosovo Dismiss Austrian Claim About ‘Paid’ Veils (Balkan Insight)

          By   3 hours ago

          The Austrian Foreign Minister’s claim that women in Bosnia and Kosovo are being paid to wear full veils has drawn criticism from political and religious leaders there. Religious and political authorities in Bosnia and Kosovo have dismissed a statement of Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz that women in Bosnia and Kosovo are being paid to […]

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          EU Calls for Calm after Macedonia, Serbia Diplomatic Incident (Balkan Insight)

          By   1 day ago

          The EU has expressed hopes that Belgrade and Skopje will “deal with the issue calmly” after Serbia withdrew all diplomatic staff from the country. An EU Commission spokesperson told BIRN that the diplomatic incident in Skopje “is a bilateral issue between the two countries, which the EU is closely following” in a statement Tuesday. “We […]

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          Serbia Pulled Diplomats From Macedonia Over ‘Offensive’ Actions (Balkan Insight)

          By   2 days ago

          Serbian leaders say they withdrew diplomatic staff from Macedonia after receiving intelligence about ‘offensive actions’ planned against Serbia. Aleksandar Vucic, Serbian President, on Monday said Serbian embassy staff were withdrawn from Macedonia after Belgrade obtained “evidence of very offensive intelligence against the institutions of Serbia”. Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic gave a similar statement to the […]

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          Serwer: Not certain that all of the WB countries will join NATO (European Western Balkans)

          By   2 days ago

          PODGORICA – Professor at the American John Hopkins University and expert for the Balkans, Daniel Serwer, believes that Moscow will never give up Montenegro and says that it is not certain that all countries of the region will follow the footsteps of Montenegro and join NATO. “Perhaps all the Western Balkan countries hope this will […]

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          Serbian Union Wants Journalists Killed in Kosovo Investigated (Balkan Insight)

          By   2 days ago

          Marking the 19th anniversary of the disappearance of two Serbian radio journalists in Kosovo, a journalists’ association has demanded a fresh investigation into their deaths – and those of other journalists abducted and killed in Kosovo. On the 19th anniversary of the abduction of two Serbian journalists from Radio Pristina during the war in Kosovo, […]

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          US Denies Holbrooke Promised No Recognition of Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

          By   2 days ago

          The US State Department has dismissed Serbian claims that the late US diplomat Richard Holbrooke wrote to Milosevic, pledging that Washington would not recognise Kosovo’s independence. The US State Department has denied Serbian claims that the late diplomat Richard Holbrooke’s letter wrote to the late Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic in 1998/9, pledging that the United […]

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          A higher sentence for Zejnepe Berisha’s murder (Prishtina Insight)

          By   2 days ago

          Confirming a guilty verdict, the Appeals Court extended the sentence for Zejnepe Berisha’s murder, condemning her husband, Nebih, to 17 years behind bars. In October 2015, Zejnepe Berisha was stabbed 20 times with a knife by her husband Nebih. Her brutal murder happened in the couple’s home in the presence of their daughter, who was […]

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          Kosovo Parties Gear Up For October Local Elections (Euroasia Review)

          By   3 days ago

          Although the local election campaign has yet to start, the opposition Vetevendosje party has already named most of its candidates for mayoral seats. In a bid to repeat the success it had in the June general elections, when it came in second place, Kosovo’s opposition Vetevendosje movement has announced the names of its mayoral candidates […]

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