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UNMIK Headlines 25 July

By   17 hours ago

• Ratification of demarcation agreement, after 3 August (Zëri)
• Grabovci: International arbitration for demarcation (Epoka)
• Vetëvendosje mobilised to prevent border demarcation (dailies)
• Montenegrin representatives to attend demarcation debate (Kosova Sot)
• Hoxhaj: Dialogue with Serbia should have a deadline (DW/Zëri)
• Russia calls for establishment of Association/Community (Kosova Sot)
• EU: Ibar Mosque is not part of Ibar Bridge revitalisation (Tribuna Channel)
• Ferat Shala appointed Acting Minister of Environment (media)
• Citizens light candles in Pristina honouring Munich attack victims (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 23 July

By   3 days ago

• Kosovo leaders condemn Munich attack (media)
• “Ibar Mosque to be rebuilt after revitalisation of Mitrovica bridge” (media)
• EBRD Director to visit Kosovo on Monday (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 22 July

By   4 days ago

• LDK: Kosovo does not lose territory with demarcation agreement (media)
• Reçica: Debate for demarcation will not be formal (Epoka)
• PDK attacks its coalition partner (Kosova Sot)
• Mustafa government, one of the biggest in the region and Europe (Koha)
• Hoxhaj: New chapter of economic cooperation with Germany (Epoka)
• Six years since ICJ ruled in favour of Kosovo’s independence (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 21 July

By   5 days ago

• Mustafa: There won’t be any new agreement on demarcation (dailies)
• Thaçi: Failure of demarcation threatens visa liberalisation (RFE/Kosova Sot)
• Opposition sends signals it will not obstruct demarcation vote (Koha)
• Kurti: Prison and bullets won’t stop us from opposing demarcation (Koha)
• A roundtable for demarcation, today (Epoka)
• Konjufca: For Serbs, nothing more than municipality (Epoka)
• Vetëvendosje accuses Hyseni for banning its activists to enter Kosovo (dailies)
• Thaçi: I pray with pain and sympathy for all victims (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 20 July

By   6 days ago

• Haradinaj: Current version of demarcation will fail (Epoka)
• “Government did not implement resolution on demarcation” (Kosova Sot)
• “Demarcation and Association blocked political life in Kosovo” (Epoka)
• The number of ministries to be reduced by October (Zëri)
• Kozarev: Serbia does not plan to have demarcation with Kosovo (Kosova Sot)
• Piero Cristoforo Sardi appointed new Italian ambassador to Kosovo (Zëri)
• Bahtiri: Internationals support me, the government does not (Zëri)
• Mustafa and Selimi not listening to Anti-Corruption Agency (Koha)
• Two alternatives for Brezovica ski resort (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 19 July

By   7 days ago

• AAK determined to oppose border-demarcation deal (Zëri)
• University professors and state committee to debate demarcation (Koha)
• “Vetëvendosje’s return to Assembly, not a smart decision” (Epoka)
• Hasani: Kosovo to enter deep crisis if there are no early elections (RTK)
• Hoxhaj: Demarcation with Serbia, within two years (Epoka)
• Zbogar goes to Skopje, Apostolova replaces him (Epoka)
• 49 years imprisonment for five defendants in Badovc case (dailies)
• Kosovo’s state leaders pay homage to Nice massacre victims (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 18 July

By   1 week ago

• The West’s diminishing trust in Erdogan (Koha)
• Mustafa: We’re trying to reach consensus on demarcation (Kosova Sot)
• Opposition skeptical over demarcation debate (Epoka)
• Thaçi: Armed Forces, multiethnic and in line with NATO standards (Epoka)
• Ymeri: The ruling coalition will get worse (dailies)
• Serbs address Constitutional Court over Abrashi’s decision on pensions (Zëri)
• Jan Braathu appointed head of OSCE Mission in Kosovo (Kosova Sot)
• Hoxhaj: UNMIK, an extension of Russia in Kosovo (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 15 July

By   2 weeks ago

• PM Mustafa on meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Nuland (Zëri)
• Border demarcation not on today’s government meeting agenda (Koha)
• Hyseni: KAF cannot be formed without demarcation (Koha)
• “Demarcation led by Kosovo administrators not decision-makers” (Bota Sot)
• Mustafa: Concrete results in fight against corruption, organised crime (Koha)
• Kosovo Assembly adopts 2016 budget review (Koha)

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    Where are Brussels’ “guarantees”? (Koha Ditore)

    By   14 hours ago

    Agreements between Kosovo and Serbia have many shortcomings and this was clear very early on, writes Augustin Palokaj, the paper’s Brussels-based correspondent and columnist. The first one, according to Palokaj, is that the agreements do not have international status and have not been reached between two equal parties. Second, they pertain to Kosovo’s internal affairs […]

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    Turkey’s Baffling Coup (Project Syndicate/Koha Ditore)

    By   7 days ago

    Koha Ditore re-runs an opinion piece by Dani Rodrik that originally appeared on Project Syndicate. Rodrik is Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is the author of The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy and, most recently, Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the […]

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    Europe hopes and fears after coup bid (Reuters/Koha Ditore)

    By   1 week ago

    Koha Ditore runs an analysis originally by Reuters. European leaders greeted the defeat of Turkey’s coup on Saturday with relief as it averts chaos and keeps alive a deal that has helped to stem the migration crisis threatening the continent. But while some hope a reminder of resistance to his personal grip on power may […]

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    President Obama and his expertise on demarcation (Koha)

    By   1 week ago

    Brussels-based correspondent Augustin Palokaj writes in an opinion piece that judging from statements made by politicians in Kosovo, U.S. President Barack Obama is more concerned about the fate of some pastures and mountains along the Kosovo-Montenegro border than about the killing of police officers and street protests in the U.S., the chaos in Turkey following […]

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    Skills for the future of Kosovo (Koha Ditore / Zeri)

    By   1 week ago

    Editorial by Andrew Russell, UN Development Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative 15 July marks the World Youth Skills Day, a day when the world recognizes the value of helping young people to develop the skills necessary to contribute to better futures for all. While more and more young people have better opportunities for education and […]

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    Young people are not our future, but our present (EWB)

    By   2 weeks ago

    EWB Op-Ed by Tanja Fajon, member of the European Parliament While I’m at the Gare de Paris Est station, waiting for the train to Strasbourg, where the final plenary session of the European Parliamant before the summer break is about to happen, I am trying to summarize the impressions from the Civil Society Forum held […]

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    Politicians to address citizens’ problems (Kosova Sot)

    By   2 weeks ago

    The paper’s front-page editorial today criticizes politicians in power who usually address only “big” problems such as border-demarcation and Association/Community of Serb-majority municipalities while no one is dealing with citizens’ real problems. “Without denying the great importance of having territorial integrity and sovereignty in Kosovo, our politicians are to be blamed for bypassing numerous of […]

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    The delayed departure (Kosova Sot)

    By   2 weeks ago

    The paper’s front-page editorial today criticizes the newly appointed Justice Minister Dhurata Hoxha for her statements that she will follow the path of previous Justice Minister Hajredin Kuci. “During the years while the justice sector was led by Minister Kuci, the crisis only has deepened in the rule of law. Minister Kuci’s biggest failure was […]

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      Thaçi: No one can flee justice (media)

      By   12 hours ago

      Several media cover Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi’s meeting today with newly-appointed Minister of Justice, Dhurata Hoxha. President Thaçi and Minister Hoxha discussed the important of further consolidation of the justice sector. Parties noted that there has been great progress in Kosovo in establishing the rule of law, since the declaration of independence, and they confirmed […]

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      Veseli at the Convention of Clinton’s nomination for President (Koha Ditore)

      By   16 hours ago

      The President of the Assembly of Kosovo and leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Kadri Veseli, traveled to Philadelphia, the United States of America. “With the invitation of the Democratic Party, President Veseli will be present at the Congress of the U.S. Democratic Party, where Mrs. Hillary Clinton will be officially nominated as […]

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      Selimi: I offered resignation from the position of Deputy Minister (Lajmi.net)

      By   4 days ago

      Former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Petrit Selimi, has expressed his revolt regarding the government decision to dismiss him from the position of the national coordinator of the Millennium Challenges Corporation, considering it as unjustifiable and illegal. He said that he has offered his resignation from the position of the Deputy Foreign Minister in order […]

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       Vetëvendosje confirms attack on Hyseni’s vehicle (Lajmi.net)

      By   4 days ago

      Vetëvendosje movement has confirmed that the action of attacking the official vehicle of the Minister of Interior, Skender Hyseni, was organized by its activists. A press release issued by this party writes that the action was undertaken to object deporting of its activists from Kosovo. Vetëvendosje appealed to Hyseni to immediately stop these actions.

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      Petrit Selimi dismissed as coordinator of Millennium Challenge Corporation (media)

      By   4 days ago

      The Kosovo government has annulled its decision made on May 13 whereby Petrit Selimi, Deputy Foreign Minister, was appointed as national coordinator of the Millennium Challenges Corporation. Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Isa Mustafa, said today that the government received complaints from the Anti-Corruption Agency that Selimi cannot hold both the post of Deputy Foreign Minister and […]

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      Montenegrin request first ratification then measuring of the border (Insjaderi)

      By   4 days ago

      Slobodan Vujičić, head of the Association of the Montenegrins of Kosovo, said during the roundtable held today that the agreement between Kosovo and Montenegro on the demarcation of the border, should be initially ratified at the Assembly, then both parties should create a commission that would re- measure the border. He added that solution of […]

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      Mustafa gathers LDK MPs to discuss demarcation (Koha)

      By   5 days ago

      Two weeks prior to the inter-party debate, between the coalition-government and opposition regarding on the border demarcation agreement between Kosovo and Montenegro, the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), as leader of the government, has already started with preparations for this debate. According to the announcements, the debate on demarcation will be held on 3 August […]

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      Rrustem Mustafa – Remi released on bail (RTK)

      By   5 days ago

      The request of the former KLA commander of Llapi operative zone, and former MP of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, Rrustem Mustafa, for release on bail, was approved. “Rrustem Mustafa will be released on 14 July 2016 and he will be under supervision of Kosovo’s Probation Service until 1 April 2017,” is written in the […]

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        Next year referendum – Deletion of Kosovo from the Constitution is the toughest job (Blic)

        By   12 hours ago

        Next year, Serbia is facing changes in the Constitution. In addition to an independent judiciary, citizens will decide in a referendum, most likely, on deleting the preamble of Kosovo and reduction of the number of MPs. Serbia will change at least two times the Constitution until entry into the EU. Election of the members of […]

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        Selective invitation for the journalists (Kossev)

        By   13 hours ago

        Last week, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandr Chepurin, visited Mitrovica North, where he met mayors from northern Kosovo and Presidents of Serbian interim authorities, and laid wreaths at the two monuments. After that Chepurin visited returnee village “Sunny Valley.” However, this visit was reported only by a few media, […]

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        Ðurić: Pristina to demonstrate whether it is on the side of peace or terror (Kontakt plus radio)

        By   14 hours ago

        Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija, Marko Đurić, on the occasion of an armed attack on Serbs near Viti/Vitina, warned all the extremists in Kosovo not to play with lives and safety of the Serbs and has requested from the authorities in Pristina to finally show by actions whether they are on the […]

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        On demolished monastery thrown stones and shrubs (Kontakt Plus Radio)

        By   14 hours ago

        Still there is no evidence about the shooting at a group of Serbs who cleaned the monastery courtyard in Buzovik near Vitina / Viti, in preparation for the upcoming feast of St. Archangel Gabriel. Although the people from Binač, Vrbovac and Mogile cleaned courtyard of the monastery which was demolished with explosives in 1999 from […]

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        Knežević: Montenegro has not forgotten the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija (Blic)  

        By   14 hours ago

        President of the Democratic People’s Party of Montenegro Milan Knežević said in Prizren that the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija are not alone and that Montenegro has not forgotten them. Knežević said that his desire was to send a message from Prizren, stating that Montenegrin people feel that K&M is their Jerusalem, a holy […]

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        Kosovo has “huge structural problems related to employment” (B92)

        By   16 hours ago

        UNDP coordinator in Kosovo Andrew Russell has told B92 TV that the problems in Kosovo are the same as in the rest of the region, but that there are enormous structural problems relating to employment. However, he added that thousands of jobs have been created, including for Kosovo Serbs and other minorities. http://www.b92.net/eng/insight/tvshows.php?yyyy=2016&mm=07&nav_id=98703  

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        Jevtić on returns with ambassadors of the Quint countries (TV Most)

        By   4 days ago

        At the initiative of the Kosovo Minister for Communities and Returns Dalibor Jevtić, today in Pristina is held a meeting with ambassadors of the Quint countries (representatives of the embassies of United States, Great Britain, Germany, Italy and France) about the return and integration of displaced persons in accordance with the regional inter-institutional initiative (Skopje […]

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        Denial that attacks on Serbs exist doesn’t contribute to solving the problems (KIM Radio)

        By   4 days ago

        Silence and denial of the existence of attacks on Serbs, their property and holy shrines in Kosovo has become an established practice, while institutions in Pristina failed when it comes to exercising basic human rights of Serbs, said in the TV show “Dogovor” Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister, Branimir Stojanović. “The fundamental problem is that many […]

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          Kosovar Imam, Radicalized At Home, Vanishes Abroad To Join Islamist Fight (RFE/RL)

          By   17 hours ago

          We trudge up a steep, muddy path off the village’s main street to get to a shabby, tiny brick house. A middle-aged man in dirty overalls stands at the far end of the garden, a chaotic mess of furniture and weeds. He is slathering white paint on a wooden shed, rubbing the sweat from his brow. “It’s […]

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          Kosovo President Lays Wreath at Serbs’ Memorial (Balkan Insight)

          By   5 days ago

          Thaci laid a wreath on Wednesday at the memorial to the Serbs who were killed 17 years ago in Staro Gracko/Gracke and said that everyone who committed crimes during the Kosovo war and afterwards should be punished. “Today I pray in pain and express regret once again about all the victims during and after the […]

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          Kosovo Court Backs BIRN’s Transparency Demand (Balkan Insight)

          By   5 days ago

          A Pristina court has ruled that the Kosovo Prosecutorial Council, KPC, must disclose its disciplinary decisions against prosecutors, as requested by BIRN Kosovo, adding that withholding such information breaches Kosovo’s laws and constitution. Monday’s decision represents the second legal victory for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Kosovo. In a previous instance, in October 2015, […]

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          5 Kosovo Albanians jailed for plans to prepare IS video (AP)

          By   7 days ago

          A Kosovo court has sentenced five ethnic Albanians to jail terms for plans to prepare an Islamic State video. A Pristina court sentenced them Monday from four to 13 years in prison. The verdict said the five, who were arrested last year, aimed at “frightening the population, destabilizing and destroying fundamental political, constitutional, economic and […]

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          Kosovo jails five for planning to pledge loyalty to ISIS (Reuters)

          By   7 days ago

          A Kosovo court sent five people to prison for terms ranging from four to 13 years on terrorism charges for planning to pledge loyalty to ISIS and post a video of the event on the internet. “Their aim was to read the oath of the terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) and publish it on the […]

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          Kosovo Leaders Fight Losing Battle Over Border Deal (Balkan Insight)

          By   1 week ago

          Ratification of the controversial agreement on demarcation of the border with Montenegro is shaping up to be the biggest challenge facing Kosovo’s ruling coalition, as public opinion at home and in diaspora mobilizes firmly against it. Government announcements that it intended to forward the deal to parliament for ratification have still not been realized. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-leaders-fight-losing-battle-over-border-deal-07-15-2016

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           Is Kosovo the New European Hotbed of Jihadi Extremism? (The Nation)

          By   2 weeks ago

          Kosovo is tiny, smaller than Connecticut, home to 1.8 million people, over 90 percent of whom are ethnically Albanian, and over 95 percent are Muslim. European in location and feel, the Islam is hard to spot, apart from the five calls to prayer punctuating the day. There are a few hijabs around, but far fewer […]

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          Digging in Kosovo on Suspicions of a War-Time Mass Grave (AP/NYT)

          By   2 weeks ago

          Kosovo authorities have started digging in the capital, Pristina, for the graves of people missing since the 1999 war. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/07/13/world/europe/ap-eu-kosovo-mass-grave.html

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