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UNMIK Headlines 10 July

By   11 hours ago

• US Assistant Secretary of State to visit Kosovo this weekend (Koha)
• Zbogar: No dates for EU integration (Kosova Sot)
• Gashi: We won’t permit construction of “Tsar Lazar” square (Tribuna)
• Tahiri: Removal of barricades through diplomatic means (Tribuna)
• Macaes: Progress with non-recognizing EU member states (Koha)
• Assembly Speaker can be elected by precedent (Epoka e Re)
• Chief prosecutor tries to hide Enver Hasani’s files (Koha)
• Citaku leaves PDK (Kosova Sot)

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UNMIK Headlines 9 July

By   1 day ago

• Blomeyer: Dialogue with Serbia a criterion for EU membership (Koha)
• Jahjaga condemns burning of FYROM flag in Pristina (Bota Sot)
• Gashi brings together Bahtiri and Rakic (Tribuna)
• Kurti invites Thaçi to a TV debate (dailies)
• Zbogar unable to guarantee if excavations will resume in Rudnica (Tribuna)
• Hoxhaj in Strasbourg, discusses Kosovo’s membership in CoE (dailies)

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UNMIK Headlines 8 July

By   2 days ago

• President decides, Assembly to convene on 17 July (dailies)
• Battle for 17 July (Tribuna)
• Mustafa: PDK offered us post of Prime Minister (Bota Sot)
• PDK offers post of Prime Minister to Vetevendosje (Tribuna)
• Krasniqi: Prime Minister’s post nonnegotiable (Kosova Sot)
• Jan Kickert brings three conditions for creation of government (dailies)
• Forming of government could last until autumn (Koha)
• Tahiri confident Iber/Ibar Bridge barricade will be removed soon (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 7 July

By   3 days ago

• Thaci backs down, offers Prime Minister post (Zeri)
• Jahjaga to decide on Assembly constitutive session in two days (Epoka e Re)
• Disagreements over largest parliamentary group (Tribuna)
• Borg-Olivier: Government formed by those with Assembly majority (Zeri)
• Djuric announces construction of promenade by Mitrovica bridge (Bota Sot)
• Families of missing persons blame Zbogar and Jacobson (Tribuna)
• Kurti: Albanians are important but have weak states (Koha)
• Albania extradites terrorist suspect to Kosovo (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 5 July

By   5 days ago

• Germany pressures Belgrade to resume dialogue with Pristina (Koha)
• Vetevendosje guarantees two-year mandate to opposition coalition (Koha)
• Musmurati: We are not pressuring anyone (Epoka e Re)
• Gjetaj: Serbia has committed a crime by stopping work in Raska (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 4 July

By   6 days ago

• EU: If PDK fails, government to be formed by majority coalition (Koha)
• Vetevendosje and Srpska could take Kosovo to new elections (Tribuna)
• Molliqaj: We’re getting closer to forming the government (Epoka e Re)
• PDK: Prime Minister and Assembly Speaker posts belong to us (Zeri)
• Krasniqi: PDK wants to communicate with NISMA head (Epoka e Re)
• Lunacek: I’ll continue to support Kosovo on integration (Botapress)
• Gashi: PDK is a criminal party, I won’t support it (Botapress)
• Hodzic: Administrative Office discusses situation at “Kroi i Vitakut” (Zeri)
• No bodies found at suspected mass grave site (Tribuna)

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UNMIK Headlines 3 July

By   1 week ago

• If candidate for PM can’t secure majority, then danger for President (Koha)
• PDK seeking MPs (Tribuna)
• PDK convinced it will establish government (Lajm)
• Haziri: Either us or PDK, no extraordinary elections (Botapress)
• Ambassadors criticize government for investing in non-priority sectors (Koha)
• Bahtiri and Rakic call on citizens to demonstrate maturity (Lajm)
• Tahiri in Brussels to discuss barricade (Kosova Sot)
• Talks immediately after establishment of new government (Zeri)
• Togo recognizes independence of Kosovo (Botapress)

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UNMIK Headlines 2 July

By   1 week ago

• Constitutional Court announces ruling on President’s request (dailies)
• Statement of the Office of the President (Bota Sot)
• Thaçi: I respect the decision of the Constitutional Court (dailies)
• U.S. Embassy: Respect the decision of Constitutional Court (dailies)
• Vetevendosje: No third term for Thaci (Tribuna)
• U.S. judge gives priority to LDK-AAK-NISMA coalition (Botapress)

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The opposition train (Koha)

By   6 hours ago

KTV editor-in-chief Adriatik Kelmendi writes that the Vetevendosje Movement so far has made several painful compromises in order to achieve one of their ultimate objectives – ending the seizure of the state, and sending the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) in the opposition. Without the Vetevendosje Movement, it would have been very difficult to form […]

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Tahiri like Bahtiri (Zeri)

By   6 hours ago

Editor Lavdim Hamidi writes that every time Edita Tahiri (Kosovo’s outgoing Deputy Prime Minister) and Agim Bahtiri (Mitrovica mayor) talk about removing a barricade in the city of Mitrovica one can expect a new barricade to be built. “With such leaders of institutions one can expect that even a politician from a neighboring country, such […]

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Gruevski like Milosevic (Zeri)

By   1 day ago

Editor Milaim Shefkiu writes that the latest protests in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia showed the instability of this country. “As far as the police intervention is concerned, the Gruevski government is uncompromising against Albanians and is using violence and deploying troops just like Milosevic did in Kosovo in the 1990s. In this respect, […]

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Macedonia, “an eternal prison” for Albanians! (Zeri)

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Bardhyl Mahmuti, leader of the Albanian Democratic Union (BDSH) in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and former member of the Kosovo Liberation Army, writes in an opinion piece, “Albanians living in their lands in Macedonia have always proved their readiness to sacrifice everything for the good of Albania and Kosovo. Now, the situation requires […]

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Unity for realization of basic rights (Tribuna)

By   2 days ago

Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu, member of the chairmanship of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), writes that the latest protests by Albanians in Skopje and other cities in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia show that more time is needed to achieve sustainable peace between people living there. “It is evident that peace cannot be achieved without […]

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Haliti: Elections are held for the sake of solutions (Tribuna)

By   2 days ago

Xhavit Haliti, deputy speaker of the Assembly of Kosovo, writes that the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) and the Initiative for Kosovo (NISMA), “which were historically close to the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK)”, entered into a coalition with the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) and even before the certification of election results, […]

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National or religious “war” (Zeri)

By   3 days ago

The paper’s editor-in-chief, Arbana Xharra, writes that the killing of five Macedonian youths last year is being used to portray Albanians in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as “dangerous and hardline Islamists”. “Orchestrated Albanians, instead of proving the opposite, are openly protesting in defense of the religious issue. The presence of flags with Arabic […]

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A new Albanian diaspora in the new world (Koha)

By   3 days ago

Brussels-based correspondent Augustin Palokaj writes that Kosovar diaspora in Western Europe is now different from what it used to be in the past and that Albanian youths nowadays are more integrated in their respective societies and are more willing to help their homeland. “Kosovo has perhaps the biggest diaspora per capita in Europe and it […]

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PDK’s two scenarios for the post of Assembly Speaker (Gazeta Blic)

By   6 hours ago

Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) has prepared two scenarios for the post of Assembly Speaker. Although it is aware it does not have the sufficient votes to take the post of the Speaker, the party will not give up easily and has even decided who to propose for the post, Hajredin Kuci. Sources from inside […]

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Do not allow political trials (Kosovapress)

By   6 hours ago

The government of Kosovo issued a statement today calling on all parties to act calmly in order to avoid further tensions in the former Yugoslav Republic of Kosovo. “The Government of the Republic of Kosovo calls on Macedonian authorities to guarantee the implementation of basic human rights and to allow citizens to enjoy their right […]

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Isa Mustafa candidate for Assembly Speaker (indeksonline)

By   7 hours ago

The elected members of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), and the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK), registered today as Kosovo Assembly deputies. LDK, AAK and Citizens Initiative (NISMA) registered as a single parliamentary group of 47 deputies. After the registration, Isa Mustafa, leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), stated that […]

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Germany requests from Serbia a treaty on good neighboring relations with Kosovo (koha)

By   7 hours ago

A delegation of German deputies, led by Andreas Shokenhof, has arrived for an official visit in Serbia. During the meetings with Serb officials, they stated that Germany stands strongly and unshakable after the seven earlier requests related to Kosovo, made by the Cabinet of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel to the Government of Serbia. Aleksadnar […]

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Protest in front of UNHQ in support of Macedonian Albanians (Koha)

By   7 hours ago

Albanians in the US have announced that they will stage a protest on Monday in front of UN Headquarters in New York over the situation of Albanians in Macedonia. The protest is being organised by Albanians living in the US and is aimed against the conviction of 6 Albanians to life in prison by a […]

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Rexhepi: “Peace Park” and “Tsar Lazar” issues to be resolved through dialogue (RTK)

By   7 hours ago

Interior Minister, Bajram Rexhepi, said that the issue of the “Peace Park” and the construction of the “Tsar Lazar” square should be resolved through political means. Rexhepi said the Kosovo Police has not yet taken the order to remove the barricade on River Iber/Ibar because “there was no reason” for such a move. “The Police […]

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“Adem Jashari” square built in Mitrovica North (kosovapress)

By   9 hours ago

Members of Albanian community in northern Kosovo, built last night “Adem Jashari” square at “Bosniacka Mahalla,” in Mitrovica North. They worked for approximately three hours at this square, building a concrete vase with a diameter 1.5 meters at the main square in “Bosniacka Mahala,” and ended their works at around 2:30 a.m. “We want to […]

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Gashi: Our bulldozers are there and ready to remove illegal park on Iber/Ibar bridge (Gazeta Express)

By   1 day ago

Dardan Gashi, outgoing Minister for Environment and Spatial Planning, told Gazeta Express today that the government is committed to removing the illegal park on Iber/Ibar bridge in Mitrovica. “Our inspectors are there, with bulldozers, and we are determined to remove the illegal construction. We are waiting for them to remove it as we have agreed, […]

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Northern Mitrovica: Illegally erected objects to be demolished (KIM radio)

By   5 hours ago

Following the erection of the ‘Adem Jashari Square’ in Bosniak Mahala, Municipality of Northern Mitrovica announced that all construction works which are carried out without the approval of the Municipal Assembly will be considered illegal and will be removed. “Being the highest legislative body in the Municipality Northern Mitrovica, we request the cessation of all […]

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SLS: Jevtic and Nikolic deposed (KIM radio)

By   6 hours ago

Independent Liberal Party (SLS) informed that Dalibor Jevtic is deposed from the post of the executive director of the SLS back on 1 July, whereas procedure for deposition of Bratislav Nikolic was launched immediately after parliamentary elections, by which the party negated that they have resigned. According to the SLS’s handout, deposition of Bratislav Nikolic […]

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Bans to enter Kosovo due to violation of the agreement (RTK2)

By   6 hours ago

In order to get permission to enter Kosovo, officials of the Serbian government have to restrain from interfering in internal Kosovo’s affairs and political rhetoric, said to RTK2 Bajram Rexhepi, Minister of Internal Affairs. Serbian officials cannot have visits of political nature. When Marko Djuric, Director of the Office for KiM, was prevented from entering […]

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Serbia “should align foreign policy with EU” (Vecernje Novosti)

By   6 hours ago

BELGRADE — Head of EU Delegation Michael Davenport has said that Serbia, as candidate for membership, should gradually align its foreign policy with the EU. As he noted, it is also part of the country’s obligations under chapter 31 while screening of this chapter would take place by the end of July. “The prime minister […]

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Serbs still choose vice president (KiM radio)

By   6 hours ago

At the inaugural session of the Assembly on 17 July, the first man of Parliament, and five vice-presidents will be appointed, one of whom must be a Serb. Who will be suggested by the Serbian list is not yet decided, and for the selection of their candidate will be required a simple majority, or 61 […]

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Report: 70,000 residents of Kosovo sought asylum in EU (B92)

By   6 hours ago

“About 70,000 citizens from Kosovo have sought asylum in the EU,” the Priština-based Albanian language daily Zeri is reporting on Thursday. The newspaper described this as “a cancer” when it comes to Kosovo’s visa liberalization bid. “The inability to secure social safety in Kosovo” is what is prompting thousands of Kosovo residents to seek ways […]

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Kosovo needs a stable government; new elections are a bad solution (RTK2)

By   6 hours ago

“All options are open and everything is still uncertain related to the majority of 61 votes in the Assembly, which is the number of votes required for the formation of the Government of Kosovo,” said adviser to Kosovo Prime Minister and member of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) Ardian Arifaj. He stressed that PDK […]

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Germany insists on conditions put before Serbia (B92)

By   8 hours ago

 German parliamentarians led by CDU deputy Andreas Schockenhoff have said in Belgrade that Germany persists in the seven demands it put before Serbia.  “We asked when the opening of the first (EU) negotiation chapter was expected and we got the answer that they stood by the seven demands. They seek full implementation of the Brussels […]

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Kosovo Serbs Erect Square on Mitrovica Bridge (Balkan Insight)

By   7 hours ago

A new square erected over the bridge in the divided northern town of Mitrovica, apparently designed to stop it reopening to traffic, has revived tensions between local Serbs and Albanians in the south. Kosovo Serbs have begun building a square named after a medieval Serbian emperor on the bridge that separates the ethniclly and politically […]

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Kosovo Ambassador Accused of Wartime Torture (Balkan Insight)

By   1 day ago

A witness told the war crimes trial of former Kosovo Liberation Army commander Sylejman Selimi, who is now Kosovo’s ambassador to Tirana, that the defendant assaulted him several times. The protected witness codenamed ‘Witness A’ testified on Tuesday that while he was held at the KLA’s detention centre in Likovc/Likovac in the autumn of 1998, […]

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New Kosovo Parliament to Convene for First Time (Balkan Insight)

By   2 days ago

Over a month after elections, the Kosovo parliament is due to convene next week, paving the way for a new government to be established after an opposition bid to rule was thwarted. Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga said on Monday that the recently-elected legislature should convene for the first time on July 17 so she can […]

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Kosovo indicts suspected Balkan crime boss Kelmendi (Reuters)

By   3 days ago

A Kosovo court said on Friday it had indicted suspected Balkan crime boss Naser Kelmendi, blacklisted by Washington on suspicion of trafficking drugs, for organised crime, murder and drug smuggling. Kelmendi, 56, is a Kosovo-born ethnic Albanian with Bosnian citizenship. He was arrested in Kosovo in 2013 on a warrant from Bosnia but remained in […]

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Kosovo Prosecutors ‘Close to Finding’ Politician’s Killer (Balkan Insight)

By   6 days ago

04 Jul 14 The Kosovo authorities said they will soon identify the killer of Elvis Pista, a prospective MP from the Democratic Party of Kosovo, who was gunned down not long after recent elections. BIRN Pristina “With the evidence collected, we are on the right track and will be able to identify the person who […]

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Albanians Endure Isolation in Serb North of Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

By   6 days ago

04 Jul 14 Isolated Albanian villagers say they are neglected by the Pristina authorities, cut off from their ethnic kin and vulnerable to political unrest in the Serb-dominated surrounding areas. Edona Peci BIRN Leposavic, Zvecan The land in Kosovo’s far north, close to the Serbian border, has sustained the Musa family for six generations. Here […]

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Construction Begins on Kosovo-Macedonia Highway (Balkan Insight)

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03 Jul 14 At a ceremony to mark the beginning of the construction of a highway connecting Pristina and Skopje, Kosovo and Macedonian officials said it would bring Albanians in both countries closer. Petrit Collaku BIRN Pristina Construction on the ‘Arben Xhaferi’ highway – named after a late Albanian politician in Macedonia – started on Thursday […]

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Togo recognizes Kosovo as a country (Worldbulletin)

By   1 week ago

Togo became the 107th country to recognize the Republic of Kosovo on Thursday. A written statement released from Kosovo’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Togo now recognized Kosovo and would begin diplomatic relations with the country. Kosovo, which has an overwhelmingly ethnic Albanian population, declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Turkey was the first state […]

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