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UNMIK Headlines 24 April

By   14 hours ago

• Kosovo Assembly adopts establishment of special court (dailies)
• An imposed court! (Tribuna)
• Ashton welcomes Kosovo Assembly’s decision (dailies)
• US hails Assembly decision on special court and EULEX (dailies)
• Assembly will not be dismissed this week (Koha)
• Minorities in favour of tribunal, reserved about KAF (Lajm)
• Special court, evidence of Kosovo’s European commitment (Koha)
• Williamson, the first prosecutor of the special court (Botapress)
• Bajrami: State should defend liberation war (Epoka e Re)
• Pendarovski: Borders in the region won’t be touched anymore (Tribuna)
• Assessment of northern municipalities’ statutes next week (Epoka e Re)

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UNMIK Headlines 23 April

By   2 days ago

• Special court will be voted on without debate (Koha)
• Decision on Special Court expected today (Epoka e Re)
• Biden: Adopt the court (dailies)
• US welcomes Kosovo government’s decision (dailies)
• Haradinaj: We don’t like the Tribunal very much (Lajm)
• Kosovo can reach an agreement with the Netherlands (Kosova Sot)
• Tribunal can investigate Thaci too (Zeri)
• Petition for establishment of a tribunal for Serbia (Epoka e Re)
• Jevtic against demolition of church in Pristina University yard (Lajm)
• Rugova: UNMIK destroyed rape evidence (Bota Sot)

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UNMIK Headlines 22 April

By   3 days ago

• Government will sponsor special court (Koha)
• Beqiri: There is agreement to dismiss the Assembly (Lajm)
• Maliqi: Assembly should dissolve this week (Epoka e Re)
• Jahjaga requests help from Emirates (Epoka e Re)
• Thaci disappoints International Monetary Fund (Zeri)
• Plan to establish Kosovo Armed Forces fails (Kosova Sot)
• Recognition from Vatican will come (Epoka e Re)
• Kosovo Deputy PM Petrovic visits Tirana (dailies)
• Northerners refer to Kosovo government as “neutral” (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 18 April

By   7 days ago

• Special Court is an insult; Assembly will decide (Epoka e Re)
• Kurti: The tribunal won’t happen if Prime Minister is against (Bota Sot)
• Veseli: Tribunal is ugly (Bota Sot)
• Haradinaj: Special Court, fault of Thaçi’s governance (Koha Ditore)
• Legal clarity and security requested for the court (Tribuna)
• Institutional mess (Lajm)
• Police: Florin Krasniqi’s statements are provocative (dailies)
• Zvecan adopts municipal statute under pressure (Koha)
• EULEX: Arrest in the north is not abduction (Botapress)
• Ismet Beqiri: Media polls are lies (Botapress)
• Drenica Jihadists students of Duka (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 17 April

By   8 days ago

• Increased diplomatic pressure (Lajm)
• The war faction against the tribunal (Zeri)
• Serb MPs oppose law on elections (Lajm)
• Poll shows PDK has the lead (Tribuna)
• Rasic: We are not putting conditions on KSF’s transition (Epoka e Re)
• Krasniqi: One part of Special Police is involved in crime (dailies)
• Northerners wait for final day to adopt statutes (Koha)
• Ahmeti doesn’t rule out demolition of Orthodox Church (Koha)
• Daul: The Balkans are a problem for Europe, not the US (Epoka e Re)
• Mujahidins from Kosovo in Syria, Iraq, preparing for suicide attacks (Bota)

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UNMIK Headlines 16 April

By   9 days ago

• War crimes to be treated by locals too (Koha Ditore)
• Citaku: Kosovo should not fear the Special Court (Koha Ditore)
• Netherlands has conditions for Kosovo’s special court in Hague (Koha Ditore)
• Special court to be voted on April 22 (Epoka e Re)
• Pettifer: Special court, attack on legal sovereignty (Epoka e Re)
• Williamson advised creation of EULEX (Tribuna)
• Collective silence produced the Tribunal (Lajm)
• Parallel institutions are not dismissed (Lajm)
• Ambassador Jacobson justifies Dell’s employment at Bechtel (Bota Sot)
• Investments in Trepca started (Lajm)

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UNMIK Headlines 15 April

By   10 days ago

• Procedure to establish special court commences (Koha)
• Special court will change Constitution (Tribuna)
• Dialogue to continue after creation of new government in Belgrade (Tribuna)
• Hoxhaj requests recognition from Vatican (Lajm)
• 120 persons expected to be arrested for 320 missing Serbs (Botapress)
• Bechtel-Enka employs former US ambassador to Kosovo (dailies)

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UNMIK Headlines 14 April

By   11 days ago

• Borg Olivier: Special court against KLA will damage Kosovo (Koha Ditore)
• Parliament to vote on Tribunal on Thursday (Zeri)
• Kurti: Tribunal questions Kosovo’s statehood (Botapress)
• Maloku: Parliament should avoid Security Council (Epoka e Re)
• PDK wants elections in late May (Tribuna)
• There will be less implementation of the agreements (Epoka e Re)
• Application in three international organizations (Lajm)
• Netherlands a place of Tribunals (Lajm)
• Vulin stopped (Tribuna)
• Kosovar company takes over one of biggest factories in Serbia (Koha Ditore)

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Thaci’s court (Koha)

By   9 hours ago

Editor-in-chief, Agron Bajrami, argues that for Kosovo citizens the real news from Wednesday was not the decision in favor of the special court because this was more or less expected. “The real news was that they [Kosovo citizens] witnessed the inability of the political class to govern the state, the same class that makes difficult [...]

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Tribunal without Thaci (Zeri)

By   9 hours ago

Editor Lavdim Hamidi argues in his opinion piece that the international community’s request to adopt the establishment in the Kosovo Assembly was aimed at measuring the political readiness of local institutions to address the matter, not that internationals would have given up on the establishment of the court. “The special court comes as a result [...]

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From war to peace (Tribuna)

By   1 day ago

Vetëvendosje deputy leader, Aida Dërguti considers that Prime Minister Thaçi is using the Assembly of Kosovo to stay in power the same way that he used KLA war to come in power. His movements, both in war and peace, appear to be very harmful for Kosovo, she says. All means and lies are being used [...]

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Failed plan for EULEX (Kosova Sot)

By   3 days ago

The paper’s front-page editorial notes that the Government of Kosovo failed in its plan to take away executive competencies from the EU Rule of Law mission in Kosovo. “The state of the judicial system was not seriously addressed and as a result Brussels did not find trustworthy the government’s platform to take away executive competencies [...]

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Europe’s Diplomatic Triumph in Kosovo (Wall Street Journal)

By   3 days ago

Op-ed by Bernard Kouchner, former French minister of foreign and European affairs. Since the Balkan wars, Brussels has played a central role in reconciling Belgrade and Pristina. The European Union has a mixed foreign-policy record. Its behavior on the world stage is driven by good intentions but often marked by indecisiveness and lack of cohesion. [...]

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Special Court is closed. Now we have time for surveys (gazetablic)

By   6 days ago

Adrian Çollaku argues that creation of the Court for war crimes in Kosovo, is not only a failure of the international missions in Kosovo, as some politicians especially those in the Government, are trying to interpret. There is no doubt that a part of the blame for this failure belongs to the international missions, such [...]

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To work on the campaign or to campaign for work? (Tribuna)

By   6 days ago

Mimoza Kusari-Lila, mayor of Gjakova and deputy leader of the New Kosovo Alliance (AKR), suggests in an opinion piece that instead of working on the campaign for upcoming elections, “we should campaign for more work”. “We should campaign for hard work that brings genuine and long-term results. We should talk about work and jobs, which [...]

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There will be a court no matter if we want it or not (Zëri)

By   7 days ago

Naser Sertolli writes today in this daily that the process of the establishment of a court which would treat suspected war crimes in Kosovo is unstoppable. “This was told to us by one of the heads of the international missions in Kosovo, who coming from a friendly country, suggested that we should support, respectively vote [...]

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Gashi meets Zbogar and Schlumberger, requests not to politicize the church issue (telegrafi)

By   9 hours ago

Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning, Dardan Gashi welcomed the head of CE Samuel Zbogar and OSCE Ambassador Jean – Claude Schlumberger. According to the press release issued by this Ministry, they initially discussed the efforts of the Ministry on environment reforms, among which they discussed the international initiative, including Kosovo, on elimination of plastic [...]

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Swiss President to visit Kosovo and Albania (kohaonline)

By   9 hours ago

The President of Swiss Federation, Didier Burkhalter, currently OSCE Chairperson in office, will visit several countries of the Western Balkans. Serbia, Albania and Kosovo are part of the agenda of his visit on 25 and 26 April. Burkhalter will meet with institutional leaders to discuss Switzerland’s engagement during OSCE Chairmanship. The Western Balkans is an [...]

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Beqiri: LDK is not an obstacle for the establishment of KAF (Radio Kosova)

By   9 hours ago

LDK General Secretary, Ismet Beqiri has rejected claims of Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci that LDK is a obstacle for the establishment of Kosovo Armed Forces. Beqiri said for Radio Kosova that if Prime Minister convinces minorities to vote, there is no problem for LDK. However, he says that LDK would not accept that the establishment [...]

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Carla del Ponte: There is no need for a new court on Kosovo (rtklive)

By   12 hours ago

Former Swiss prosecutor at the Tribunal for war crimes in former Yugoslavia, in Hague, Carla del Ponte, was surprised with the decision to establish a special court for Kosovo. In an interview for Swiss Radio, SFR, she stated that “there is no need for another court to judge alleged war crimes in Kosovo,” reported Swiss [...]

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Serbs will leave Kosovo institutions if the church is ruined (RTK live)

By   12 hours ago

Minister of Labor and social Welfare, Nenad Rasic, called on Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning, Dardan Gashi, not to ruin the Orthodox church in Pristina, and added that if this happens, Serb community would leave Kosovo’s institutions. Belgrade authorities and officials of the Serb Church are also against destruction of this church. According to [...]

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Assessment of northern municipalities’ statutes, next week (Epoka e Re)

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The general secretary of the Ministry for Administration of Local Government, Besnik Osmani, stated that they will learn next week if the statutes of the northern municipalities are in accordance with Kosovo’s laws. “The three municipalities have respected the deadlines on endorsing their statutes. The Legal Department is assessing if they are in accordance with [...]

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Pendarovski: Borders in the region won’t be touched anymore (Tribuna)

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During a lecture at AAB University in Pristina, Stevo Pendarovski, candidate for President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, said borders in the region would not be touched anymore. “All main countries in the world have said that the borders in the region will not be touched anymore. I know that some people are [...]

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Bajrami: State should defend liberation war (Epoka e Re)

By   14 hours ago

The Deputy of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, Arsim Bajrami, said yesterday after the decision of the Assembly to establish the special court, that the government should offer help to all those individuals who will face this court. He added that the state is obliged to prove that the KLA war was clean and just. [...]

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Decision on Ivanovic’s detention expected on Friday (Tanjug)

By   8 hours ago

The Citizens’ Initiative Serbia, Democracy, Justice deputy leader Ksenija Bozovic expressed hope on Thursday that a decision on further detention of Initiative leader Oliver Ivanovic will be taken on Friday and that he will be released pending trial. Pursuant to an earlier decision, Ivanovic’s detention is set to expire on April 27, but the Initiative [...]

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Farina: NATO supports Kosovo Security Forces (Blic)

By   10 hours ago

KFOR Commander Major General Salvatore Farina yesterday said that NATO supports Kosovo Security Forces (KSF), since those forces, as he said, contribute to regional stability and security. “Those core capabilities, make the KSF able to become an important interlocutor in Kosovo and in the Balkan area to contribute to the regional security and stability,” said [...]

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Kosovo’s war criminals should be brought to justice (Tanjug)

By   11 hours ago

Head of the Centre for Regionalism Aleksandar Popov said on Thursday the creation of a special tribunal for war crimes committed by members of the former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) was a significant thing, adding that he hoped it would bring to justice those responsible for war crimes. There has been exceptionally strong resistance in [...]

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Many influential figures in Kosovo should be tried (B92)

By   11 hours ago

The decision to establish a special tribunal for war crimes committed by members of the former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) is very significant because a huge number of influential people should be tried, Belgrade Institute of Social Sciences adviser Dusan Janjic said on Wednesday. The decision to form a special office within Kosovo’s special court [...]

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Bujanovac to become “university town” (B92)

By   11 hours ago

BELGRADE — The planned construction of a Faculty of Economics building in Bujanovac, southern Serbia, will make the town “a university town.” It will also “create conditions for economic development and political stability in the area,” the signatories of an agreement to construct the facility have said. The project will be funded by the European [...]

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Gorani party is not registered because it reminds of Yugoslavia (RTK)

By   11 hours ago

The President of Kosovo Central Election Commission (CEC) Valdete Dhaka said that Gorani political party “Unified Union of Gorani” (JUG) is not registered because the name of the party reminds of the former Yugoslavia. “In our yesterday’s meeting we did not register the party because of the name that too much reminds on the former [...]

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Worse for Serbs in Kosovo (Vesti)

By   11 hours ago

The Brussels agreement is “successful”, and in the part that mainly meets the interests of Kosovo. The fact is that the formation of the Union of Serbian municipalities is much delayed. On the other hand, Serbian institutions are abolished or are passive, which creates depressing effect on the Serbian people in Kosovo. The Serbian resistance [...]

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Serbs in Orahovac are selling their houses (Blic)

By   11 hours ago

Serbs increasingly leave Orahovac/Rahovec and only in recent days in one the part of this municipality were sold 15 Serbian houses, reads Frankfurt based daily, adding that remaining Serbs from that municipality are very worried.  “If this trend continues, until the end of the year there will be none of the remaining 300 Serbs in [...]

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Albania-Kosovo Highway Costs Soar To 2 Billion Euros (BIRN)

By   16 hours ago

Cache of official documents detail for first time how lobbying, poor-planning, “uncompetitive tenders”, failure to set cost caps and “inflated” prices left Albanian and Kosovan taxpayers with a two billion euro bill for just 137km of road. Petrit Collaku, Erjona Rusi, Besar Likmeta, Lawrence Marzouk BIRN Pristina, Tirana, London The ‘Patriotic Highway’ slices its way [...]

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Suspected mass grave excavated in Serbia (AP)

By   16 hours ago

04/23/2014 08:21:02 Source: Associated Press, The Date: April 23, 2014 RUDNICA, Serbia (AP) — Experts have started excavation on a mass grave in Serbia believed to contain at least 250 bodies of ethnic Albanians who were killed during the 1998-99 Kosovo war. The Serbian government official dealing with the wartime missing, Veljko Odalovic, said Wednesday [...]

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Kosovo Extends EU Rule-of-Law Mission Mandate (Balkan Insight)

By   2 days ago

The government agreed to extend the mandate of the EU mission and its task force which investigates allegations of wartime organ-harvesting, illegal detentions, killings and torture. Edona Peci BIRN Pristina Kosovo’s government on Tuesday voted in favour of a draft law which will see the mandate of the EU rule-of-law mission, EULEX, extended until June [...]

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Europe’s Diplomatic Triumph in Kosovo (WSJ)

By   2 days ago

Since the Balkan wars, Brussels has played a central role in reconciling Belgrade and Pristina. By Bernard Kouchner April 21, 2014 3:16 p.m. ET The European Union has a mixed foreign-policy record. Its behavior on the world stage is driven by good intentions but often marked by indecisiveness and lack of cohesion. The clumsy and [...]

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Kosovo to Demolish Disputed Milosevic-Era Church (Balkan Insight)

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Kosovo’s Minister of Environment, Dardan Gashi, says Serbian church built in Pristina in the 1990s had no planning permit and must be pulled down. BIRN Pristina Minister Gashi told the media on Sunday that a controversial Serbian Orthodox church, built in the capital, Pristina, was erected “illegally” and must go. “It’s a sensitive issue but [...]

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In Kosovo’s capital, new mayor fights corruption – by doing his job (CSM)

By   3 days ago

Pristina’s mayor, Shpend Ahmeti, has earned plaudits – and death threats – by investigating corruption, making hiring transparent, and even selling the posh mayoral car. Pristina, Kosovo The former mayor of Pristina drove to work every day in a 75,000-euro ($100,000) luxury car. But after Shpend Ahmeti pulled off an electoral upset on the back [...]

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Kosovo Catholics Prepare for Easter Celebration (Balkan Insight)

By   7 days ago

Although only a small minority in Kosovo, the Catholic community is getting ready to participate in full in ceremonies celebrating Easter. Edona Peci BIRN Pristina Kosovo’s small Catholic community in Kosovo is gearing up for services marking the Easter celebrations. The main service will be held on Sunday evening in the Catholic Cathedral in the [...]

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Kosovo PM urges vote on new war crimes court but calls it insult (Reuters)

By   7 days ago

Thu, Apr 17 2014 By Fatos Bytyci PRISTINA (Reuters) – Kosovo’s premier has summoned parliament to vote on creating an EU-backed special court to try ethnic Albanian ex-guerrillas accused of harvesting organs from murdered Serbs during the Balkan state’s 1990s war, but criticised the plan as an insult. The move stems from a 2011 report [...]

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