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UNMIK Headlines 3 July

By   27 mins ago

• Engel: Special court, a necessary evil (Koha)
• Thaci: We will not avoid international obligations (Zeri)
• Delawie: Kosovo should respond to war crimes allegations (Epoka e Re)
• Hilmi Jashari elected Kosovo Ombudsperson (Zeri)
• Ramush Haradinaj re-elected AAK leader (Epoka e Re)

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UNMIK Headlines 2 July

By   1 day ago

• Association to have Assembly and Executive Council (Koha)
• Chancellor Merkel makes the special court happen (Zeri)
• Thaci needs more time to convince his MPs on special court (Telegrafi)
• Krasniqi: Special Court cannot return to the Assembly (RTK)
• Janjic: Germans threatened Thaci with government reshuffle (Kosova Sot)
• The telephone call that alarmed Kosovo Police over terror attacks (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 1 July

By   2 days ago

• Thaci: We assured Chancellor Merkel of special court establishment (Zeri)
• Special court vote, irreversible (Zeri)
• Kosovo does not give in on association (Epoka e Re)
• EC assessment team for visas to visit Kosovo on 13 July (Epoka e Re)
• 58 Serb families return to Kosovo (Koha)
• Montenegrin minister: Borders not defined by resolutions (Telegrafi)

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UNMIK Headlines 30 June

By   3 days ago

• EU: Pristina and Belgrade reach agreement on principle (Koha)
• Seventeen-hour meeting without an agreement (Kosovapress)
• Serbs request executive competencies for the Association (Kosovapress)
• New options for setting up special court (Koha)
• Special Court to be put to re-vote on 9 July (Zeri)
• Opposition wants local court on war crimes (Epoka e Re)
• Kosovo PM travels to Berlin, meet with Chancellor Merkel (Telegrafi)
• U.S. Congressman Engel visits Kosovo (Kosovapress)
• Northern Serbs seek permanent solution to return of Albanians (Express)

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UNMIK Headlines 29 June

By   4 days ago

• Thaci: We will establish special court next time around (Zeri)
• Haradinaj: We will establish the court on our own (Zeri)
• US says Kosovo trial at mercy of Russia (Indeksonline/Globalnews)
• Human Rights Watch chief reacts to special court vote (Koha)
• EU counts on “Merkel factor” for a successful dialogue (Koha)
• Belgrade to insist on establishment of Association/Community (Zeri)
• Jablanovic: The Association/Community will not be an NGO (Telegrafi)
• EU and Kosovo to condition Serbia with Presevo Valley (Epoka e Re)

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UNMIK Headlines 27 June

By   6 days ago

• Kosovo lawmakers reject the special court (dailies)
• Internationals disappointed with the decision of the Assembly (Koha/ Zeri)
• Djuric: Serbia to request establishment of the special court from the UN (Koha)
• The new round of the discussions in Brussels, on Monday (Epoka e Re)
• Mustafa to meet German Chancellor on Tuesday (Bota Sot)

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UNMIK Headlines 26 June

By   1 week ago

• Jahjaga: The special court, an international obligation (Bota Sot)
• Source: Assembly vote in favour of special court, a done deal (Koha)
• Opposition parties to attend Assembly session (Zeri)
• Opposition to join today’s protest (Kosova Sot)
• EU steps up pressure on Pristina and Belgrade to reach agreement (Zeri)
• Assembly adopts resolution on demarcation with Montenegro (dailies)
• State Department criticizes limitations in free movement in Kosovo (Koha)
• O’Connell: Justice system has not marked expected results (Epoka e Re)
• Senior EULEX officials interfere in the judiciary (Koha)
• Drenas municipality supports Catholic community in Llapushnik (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 25 June

By   1 week ago

• Government to endorse special court draft-law on Friday (Koha)
• Either Kosovo or UN Security Council to establish special court (RTK)
• Thaci, Mustafa to meet parliamentary groups ahead of special court vote (RTK)
• Government to endorse special court draft-law on Friday (Koha)
• KLA veterans to protest on Friday against special court (Telegrafi)
• O’Connell: Association to be established based on Kosovo laws (Kosova Sot)
• Police raids several NGOs as part of anti-terrorism measures (Kosova Sot)
• Concerns over border demarcation with Montenegro (Koha)

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    What MPs?! (Koha Ditore)

    By   20 hours ago

    According to KTV’s editor-in-chief Adriatik Kelmendi there was only one Kosovo Albanian MP who spoke about all crimes alleged to have occurred in the Kosovo conflict and that was Ilir Deda from Vetevendosje. In his speech at the Assembly session on the establishment of specialist chambers, Deda said that crimes were not only committed against […]

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    Message from Berlin: Fight corruption and organised crime (Kosova Sot)

    By   2 days ago

    In today’s front-page editorial, the paper writes that Kosovo is fortunate to have the support of a country like Germany but at the same time it is unfortunate to be led by politicians that are ruining it more and more by the day. The paper says it is no coincidence that a state visit to […]

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    Federal Kosovo alongside the special court (Koha)

    By   3 days ago

    Koha Ditore’s publisher Flaka Surroi writes in an opinion piece that the outcome of the events in the Kosovo Assembly and those in Brussels will be that Serbia will gallop towards EU while Kosovo will remain complacent in the belief it is a success story. According to Surroi, last Friday’s failed vote of the Assembly […]

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    Six paradoxes of the Special Court (Koha Ditore)

    By   4 days ago

    In an opinion piece published in the paper today, Andrea Lorenzo Capussela, former head of the economics unit of the International Civilian Office in Kosovo, starts off with an explanation of how western officials transformed the originally-titled special court into specialist court after learning that the term “special” is part of dictatorial systems and was […]

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    The Assembly of “patriots” (Kosova Sot)

    By   7 days ago

    The front page editorial of this daily writes that Albanians were never asked about  state borders, and that this is why they live in several neighboring countries. When Kosovo is concerned, continues this daily, Albanians have on the other side of the border Albanians, therefore demarcation should not induce vain nationalistic discourse. Even though the […]

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    Democracy on a brink of collapse (Kosova Sot)

    By   1 week ago

    In a front-page editorial the paper comments on a recent Freedom House report on the level of democracy in the world and the fact that Kosovo has been ranked among the semi-consolidated authoritarian regime, according to the paper, is devastating. If this situation persists, warns the paper, Kosovo could easily slip into a totalitarian regime. […]

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    UNMIK (UN), EULEX (EU) and their standards (Zeri)  

    By   1 week ago

    Initiative for Kosovo (NISMA) Bilall Sherifi in an opinion piece published in Zeri and several online media writes that since the end of the conflict in Kosovo, prosecution of war crimes was an exclusive competency of international missions in Kosovo. Initially, it was UNMIK that investigated and tried war crimes until 2008 when this responsibility […]

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    On inter-religious tolerance (Gazeta Express)

    By   2 weeks ago

    Publicist Arben Idrizi argues in an opinion piece that if ignored the demolition of the surrounding wall of the future Catholic cemetery in the village of Llapushnik, could lead to tragic incidents. Idrizi criticizes the Muslim residents of Llapushnik for not allowing their Catholic neighbors to build a cemetery. He adds, “the Muslim community, which […]

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      United States to continue support for Kosovo (Express)

      By   19 hours ago

      The Kosovo Assembly President Kadri Veseli, met today with United States Congressman Elliot Engel, and discussed current developments in Kosovo, its European perspective and cooperation between the two countries. Veseli thanked Engel for his engagement and contribution in raising the awareness about the Kosovo issue and the efforts for liberation and independence. Veseli briefed Engel […]

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      There is a video-recording which proves that Kumanovo was not an incident (lajmi.net)

      By   2 days ago

      Media in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), reported that a foreign intelligence service possesses a video and audio recording which proves that the incident in Kumanovo was an deal and a professional set-up. The recording reportedly shows clearly how inspectors of FYROM intelligence service contact the Kosovo group. This material will enlighten the […]

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      Engel: Kosovo an example for promotion of interfaith tolerance (Kosovapress)

      By   2 days ago

      Eliot Engel, U.S. Congressman and Co-Head of the Commission for Foreign Affairs at the U.S. Congress, met today during his visit to Kosovo with the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Petrit Selimi and with the religious clerics of Kosovo. Deputy Foreign Minister Selimi together with the religious leaders and Initiative for Inter-religious Dialogue team, informed […]

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      Tahiri: Mitrovica barricade to be removed by October (Klan Kosova)

      By   2 days ago

      Kosovo’s minister without portfolio and head of Pristina negotiating team, Edita Tahiri, announced that the barricade on the River Iber bridge will be removed by 1 October and the first stage of pedestrian movement will begin at that time. According to Tahiri, the other part of the agreement to enable car traffic through the bridge […]

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      Status of sexual violence victims to soon be recognised (Gazeta Blic)

      By   2 days ago

      President of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga convened a meeting today of the National Council for Survivors of Sexual Violence during the War in an effort to finalise the regulation for verification of the status of victims of sexual violence. Jahjaga said the recognition of the status of victims is an important step forward and urged the […]

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      Jahjaga: We should establish special court as soon as possible (Gazeta Express)

      By   3 days ago

      The President of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga, met today with the U.S. Congressman, Eliot Engel, accompanied by the U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo, Tracey Ann Jacobson. President Jahjaga and Congressman Engel, discussed the current developments in Kosovo, efforts to establish the rule of law, fulfillment of the international obligations, European perspective and stabilization of the relations among […]

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      The U.S. Senate confirms Greg Delawie for the U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo (Koha)

      By   3 days ago

      The U.S. Senate has confirmed the diplomat Greg Delawie for the position of the U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo. Delawie, from Virginia, will replace Ambassador Tracey Ann Jacobson, who will be ending her three-year mandate as the U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo. Greg Delawie was appointed by the U.S. President, Barack Obama by the end of March of this […]

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      Engel advises the Assembly to vote the special court (Koha)

      By   3 days ago

      The U.S. Congressman Eliot Engel, proposed to the institutions of Kosovo to find a solution for establishment of the special court and to the Assembly of Kosovo to vote for the constitutional amendments which open way for the establishment of this court. During his visit to the Constitutional Court of Kosovo, Engel told the media […]

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        Janjic: Good for Serbia that negotiations start as soon as possible (Blic)

        By   20 hours ago

        Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina must end with a compromise, but it is difficult to say when, said political analyst Dusan Janjic and pointed out that for it would be ideal for Serbia that it starts as soon as possible, would ideally it would be as before, and for Pristina would be difficult whenever it […]

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        Pristina responsible for not reaching agreement (TV Most)

        By   20 hours ago

        Serbian Minister for Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic said to Radio Television of Serbia that it is not known, for the time being, when will the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina resume, however it is obvious that the break won’t be long as expected, since our negotiations over the membership depend on the dialogue. Dacic reminded […]

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        Negotiation process should not be jeopardized (KIM Radio)

        By   20 hours ago

        The leader of the Serbian List Aleksandar Jablanović yesterday stated that negotiation process between Belgrade and Pristina must not be jeopardized, and voiced hope that European Union will realize where the obstruction of the Brussels dialogue is coming from. Jablanović said that it is quite normal in any negotiations between two opposed sides, that agreement […]

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        Serbia “grateful to Spain for respecting our integrity” (B92)

        By   20 hours ago

        President Tomislav Nikolic received on Thursday a letter of credence from newly appointed Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain in Belgrade Miguel Fuertes Suarez. On the occasion, Nikolic “extended thanks to Spain for support to Serbia’s EU integration, and its principled stand against the recognition of the unilaterally proclaimed independence of Kosovo,” Tanjug reported. Serbia-Spain […]

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        Could Thaqi and Haradinaj trigger early elections? (Politika)

        By   20 hours ago

        Is the wish of Hashim Thaqi to again become Kosovo Prime Minister maybe the main reason why last Brussels round of talks didn’t result in agreement between Belgrade and Pristina? Will the establishment of the Special Court for crimes committed by KLA (whose leader was Thaqi) be a trigger to terminate the coalition with Prime […]

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        Maric visits Novoberde/Novo Brdo, Kamenice/Kamenica (KIM Radio)

        By   23 hours ago

        Ljubomir Maric,Minister of Administration and Local Self-Government in the government of Kosovo, talked with representatives of the municipalities of Novoberde/Novo Brdo and Kamenice/Kamenica about the sustainable development, decentralization and functioning of local authorities on Wednesday. Maric also discussed with local officials the strengthening of local self-governments, the issue of cadastral zones and municipal boundaries. He […]

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        Stojanovic to Engel: ZSO of vital importance (Akter, Politika, RTS,Tanjug)

        By   23 hours ago

        Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister Branimir Stojanovic told U.S. Congressman Eliot Engel that Serbs in Kosovo insist on executive powers for the community of Serbian municipalities (ZSO) in the fields of education, economic development, health care and spatial planning. Stojanovic said to Engel, who is paying a multi-day visit to Kosovo, that this issue is of […]

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        Djuric: Pristina uninterested in agreement (RTS)

        By   2 days ago

        Pristina refused to agree on telecommunications and the Community/Association of Serbian municipalities. Serbia is ready to continue the negotiations, but so far there is no exact date for the resumption of dialogue in Brussels, Djuric notes. Marko Djuric, visiting the RTS, said that Pristina has not been interested to reach an agreement and that at […]

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          Kosovo PM Seeks More Backing From Germany (Balkan Insight)

          By   21 hours ago

          Economic support, dialogue with Serbia and Kosovo’s special court topped Tuesday’s talks in Berlin between Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Isa Mustafa, and German Chancellor Angel Merkel.

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          Protracted Stalemate in Kosovo (New Europe)

          By   2 days ago

          Negotiations between Pristina and Belgrade were concluded on Monday. The EU’s High Representative, Federica Mogherini, failed to lead the parties to an agreement on most key issues. There were four main items on the negotiating agenda. The Serbian minority self-rule, which Serbia envisages through enhanced autonomy in a local government framework; cooperation in telecommunications, mainly […]

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          Kosovo Govt Seeks New Vote on War Court (Balkan Insight)

          By   3 days ago

          The government wants a fresh parliamentary vote to allow the establishment of a controversial new special court to try Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas after MPs failed to back it last week.

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          US Warns Kosovo of Consequences After Failed War Crimes Vote (NYT)

          By   4 days ago

          By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  PRISTINA, Kosovo — The United States says it won’t block Russia’s attempts to establish a U.N. tribunal to investigate allegations that Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian wartime leaders killed hundreds of Serbs civilians after the country’s lawmakers rejected amendments to the constitution to allow a Western-backed court deal with the claims. The U.S. Embassy […]

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          Kosovo lawmakers reject special court to try ex-guerrillas (Reuters)

          By   4 days ago

          Lawmakers in Kosovo on Friday rejected Western pressure to create a special court to try ethnic Albanian ex-guerrillas for alleged crimes including organ harvesting during a 1998-99 insurgency to throw off Serbian rule. The parliament vote, which fell five votes short, represents a major snub to Kosovo’s chief financial and political backers in the United […]

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          Kosovo to Vote on Controversial War Crimes Court (Balkan Insight)

          By   7 days ago

          The Kosovo parliament will vote on Friday on the establishment of a long-anticipated EU-backed special court to try wartime KLA guerrillas, amid fierce opposition in the country.

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          Kosovo Police Raid NGOs Linked to Iran (Balkan Insight)

          By   1 week ago

          Kosovo Police raided five NGOs on Wednesday on suspicions of money laundering and financing terrorism, as a part a strategy to crack down on radical islamic practices and supporters. “The raids are tied to a case that is being investigated by the Special Prosecution, with the goal of preventing and fighting terrorism in the Republic […]

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          Serbia, Kosovo Sound Upbeat Over Brussels Talks (Balkan Insight)

          By   1 week ago

          After the latest round of Kosovo talks in Brussels, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said was convinced that sufficient progress had been made for Belgrade to able to to open the first chapters in its EU accession negotiations.

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