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UNMIK Headlines 23 September

By   13 hours ago

Thaci: No one can block Kosovo’s right to an army (RTV21)
Pacolli to Vucic: Better get used to Kosovo at the UN (Telegrafi)
Serbian President Vucic and UN SG Guterres discuss Kosovo (Koha)
“Haradinaj could soon visit Montenegro” (Zeri/Klan Kosova)
Pacolli: Sudan considering recognition of Kosovo (dailies)

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UNMIK Headlines 22 September

By   2 days ago

• Kosovo decides to withdraw from its Interpol membership bid (Zeri)
• LDK accuses new government of Interpol membership failure (Koha)
• “Decision to withdraw from Interpol membership bid, reasonable” (Epoka e Re)
• Government waits commission’s findings before deciding on demarcation (Koha)
• Thaci and Pacolli continue meetings in New York (dailies)
• Hoxhaj to Vucic: Recognition of Kosovo, the only solution (Telegrafi)
• Local elections to cost Kosovo around €10 million (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 21 September

By   3 days ago

• EU wants Haradinaj to “revive” European agenda (Koha Ditore)
• President Thaci meets U.S. President Trump (dailies)
• Kosovo delegation meets OIC Secretary General (RTK)
• Local election campaign kicks off (media)
• Apostolova: I do not communicate with indicted politicians (Zeri)
• Ruling and opposition parties disagree over timing of Assembly session (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 20 September

By   4 days ago

• Delays in integration of courts in the north could destabilize situation (Koha)
• President of Kosovo to be at forefront of dialogue with Serbia (Koha Ditore)
• President Thaci begins meeting foreign officials in New York (dailies)
• Police launch investigation into allegations against Rikalo (Koha)
• Lekaj: No conditioning from Serbian List on Kosovo army (RTK)
• EU invests €1.2 million in the north (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 19 September

By   5 days ago

• Haradinaj government adopts program for 2017-2021 (media)
• Haradinaj: Border demarcation will not remain unresolved (Klan Kosova/RFE)
• Brnabic: I would meet Haradinaj if necessary (Lajmi)
• EU leaves Association/Community to Kosovo and Serbia (Kosova Sot)
• Thaci expects to meet U.S. President Trump during NY visit (media)
• Hoxhaj: On capital issues, PDK seeks national consensus (Zeri)
• Hoti: Unity team idea for dialogue with Serbia, pointless (Koha)
• France supports Kosovo Armed Forces (Zeri)
• Pacolli: I did not say Albanians committed war crimes (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 18 September

By   6 days ago

• Government undecided how to proceed with Kosovo army issue (Koha Ditore)
• NATO: Kosovo army in line with Constitution (Zeri)
• Montenegro not expected to be willing to renegotiate border deal (Zeri)
• Kosovo government slams Serbia’s UNESCO documentary (Epoka e Re)
• Serbian List supports its minister, Rikalo (RTK)

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UNMIK Headlines 15 September

By   1 week ago

• Haradinaj tones down on Association/Community (Koha)
• Eichhorst: EU supports current border demarcation agreement (Zeri)
• Thaci: Unity team for dialogue with Serbia (Zeri)
• Haradinaj: No official information that Rikalo mistreated citizens (media)
• Online petition launched calling for Rikalo’s dismissal (Koha)
• LDK MP Osmani: What Haradinaj is doing is shameful (Bota Sot)
• Koci: Rikalo was a close associate of Albin Kurti (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 14 September

By   1 week ago

• Haradinaj applies “failed” model to expropriation of land near Obiliq (Koha)
• AGK condemns Haradinaj’s statement on Kosovo media (Zeri/RTK)
• Germany’s Merkel congratulates Haradinaj on election (dailies)
• Vetevendosje to cooperate with government on national issues (Epoka e Re)
• Court approves Ombudsperson’s request on electricity billing (Koha)

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    Local elections: Much ado and expenses about nothing (Pristhina Insight)

    By   2 days ago

    By: Agron Demi The issue of limited municipal powers to address major issues will not be mentioned during the local election campaigns, nor will the problem of bloated assemblies and misused budgets. Today is the kick off of the election campaign for mayors in 38 municipalities and 1,002 representatives in municipal assemblies. A total of […]

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    Slow but steady (European Western Balkans)

    By   4 days ago

    By David McAllister, 20.09.2017 Serbia is well on its way towards fulfilling the EU membership criteria. Yes, more reforms are necessary, but as long as Serbia moves forward, steadily and consistently, we ought to acknowledge and support every step towards our united European future. During my last trip to Belgrade in August, I noticed that […]

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    Haradinaj Has Been Useful Enemy for Serbia’s Leader (Balkan Insight)

    By   4 days ago

    By Milenko Vasovic, editor at Danas daily Only Aleksandar Vucic could pull off the trick of making political capital out of denouncing Ramush Haradinaj’s ‘crimes’ – before then instructing his clients in Kosovo to make him Prime Minister. Serbia’s former Prime Minister and current President, Aleksandar Vucic, reminded us of his political skills when he […]

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    ‘I was misled’ (Prishtina Insight)

    By   6 days ago

    By Nevena Radosavljevic The upcoming local elections in Kosovo are important for Serbs. But even if we want to vote for someone other than Srpska Lista, we will be deprived of that right in front of our very eyes. Local elections in Kosovo are to be held on October 22. Even though many Serbs believe […]

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    Haradinaj’s 97th day (Prishtina Insight)

    By   1 week ago

    By Agron Demi Ramush Haradinaj takes over the PM office today, and has still not yet presented a governing program. But as things stand, with just a few superficial changes he could recycle his 2004-2007 program. Two days before he was elected by the Parliament, Ramush Haradinaj’s Wikipedia profile had been changed, foreshadowing that he […]

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    Is Lista Srpska a trojan horse inside Kosovo’s statehood? (Kosovo 2.0)

    By   1 week ago

    By Eraldin Fazliu Kosovar government’s agenda in danger of being dictated from Belgrade Lista Srpska demonstrated its powerful position in Kosovar politics last Saturday (Sept. 9), making the so-called “PANA” coalition wait for hours to vote in its new government. It was a political move that was considered by many analysts in Prishtina as a […]

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    Haradinaj government to “reinvent the wheel” (Zeri)

    By   2 weeks ago

    The paper’s editor, Lavdim Hamidi, writes in an opinion piece that while a government run by Ramush Haradinaj could last more than his 100 days in office in 2004 when he was forced to resign to face war crimes allegations in The Hague, it is unlikely to endure a four-year mandate in the present situation […]

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    Why Serbia must recognize Kosovo’s independence (The Washington Times)

    By   3 weeks ago

    David L. Phillips, director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and author of “Liberating Kosovo: Coercive Diplomacy and U.S. Intervention”, writes in an op-ed that the outstanding issues between Kosovo and Serbia can best be solved through joint EU-U.S. diplomatic efforts and while normalization […]

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      Montenegrin FM: We consider border demarcation issue with Kosovo closed (Klan Kosova)

      By   1 day ago

      Montenegro’s Foreign Minister, Srdjan Darmanovic, told the media that his country considers the border demarcation issue with Kosovo to be closed. “Montenegro has resolved this issue. We entered a serious process of demarcation with Kosovo and the signing of the agreement was done in the framework of the Berlin Process as a result of the […]

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      Government allocates funds for association of women victims of sexual violence in conflict (Koha)

      By   1 day ago

      The government of Kosovo in today’s meeting allocated €200,000 to support association of women victims of sexual violence during the conflict. The government also approved 2017 budget review which is expected to be sent to the Assembly for further endorsement.  

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      Government of Kosovo appoints members to border demarcation commission (media)

      By   2 days ago

      Government of Kosovo announced it has appointed members to the commission for border demarcation with Montenegro, after Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj dismissed the last one soon after being elected. The commission will consist of experts Zejnullah Gruda, Martin Berishaj, Hamit Basholli, Florim Isufi and Riza Smaka and chaired by Shpejtim Bulliqi.  

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      Kurti on Thaci: You have to be a unifying person to set up a unity team (Koha)

      By   2 days ago

      In an interview to KTV, Vetevendosje MP Albin Kurti said President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci is the person who has the least right to initiate the setting up of a unity team to represent Kosovo in talks with Serbia. “You have to be a unifying person to create a unity team. If there is one […]

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      Pacolli to visit Montenegro next week (Klan Kosova)

      By   2 days ago

      Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Behgjet Pacolli, met in New York Montenegro’s Foreign Minister, Srdjan Darmanovic. In a Facebook post, Pacolli said the two diplomats reconfirmed excellent relations between Kosovo and Montenegro and discussed issues of joint interest. “I will set on an official visit to Podgorica next week,” Pacolli wrote.

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      Quint countries call for peaceful election campaign (Telegrafi)

      By   2 days ago

      At the outset of local election campaign, the embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States called on all political parties and their candidates to commit to free, respectful, and peaceful campaigning. “Citizens deserve an open and transparent election process where all candidates have the right to be heard by the […]

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      Pacolli: Kosovo has enough votes for UNESCO but could postpone its Interpol bid (Koha)

      By   2 days ago

      Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Behgjet Pacolli, said Kosovo has managed to secure enough votes to gain membership in UNESCO. He said that in meetings with foreign diplomats in the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the Kosovo delegation has secured the necessary votes for UNESCO although he admitted that Kosovo would still […]

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      EU reconfirms enlargement perspective for the Western Balkans (Koha)

      By   2 days ago

      EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, met Western Balkans leaders in New York and reconfirmed the region’s European perspective. “We reconfirmed the unequivocal support of the European Union for the enlargement perspective of the Western Balkans, as most recently expressed […]

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        Trump’s visit – Serbia’s surrender, or change in US policy? (TV Prva, B92)

        By   2 days ago

        Since the break-up of Yugoslavia no US president has visited Belgrade, and the president of Serbia expects Donald Trump to come here next year. After Russian, Chinese and numerous European leaders, Serbia could thus soon host the US president. “It would quite certainly be a historic visit, as he would be the first US president […]

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        Kozarev in Warsaw and Vucic in New York on ethnically motivated crimes (KoSSev Portal)

        By   2 days ago

        Two Serbian officials, Dusan Kozarev, Deputy Director of the Serbian Government Office for Kosovo and Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic spoke in two different continents, at the important events about ethnically motivated crimes in Kosovo, KoSSev portal reported. Since the last OSCE Human Dimension gathering in Warsaw, traditionally held every year there were more than 80 […]

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        Ruairí O’Connell: The army through the constitution but reach the Serbs on the ground (Blic, KoSSev)

        By   2 days ago

        Transformation of the Kosovo Security Forces into the armed forces of Kosovo is not seen as a threat, it must be done through the constitution and it is important to reach the Kosovo Serb community on the ground in order to guarantee security and peace to everyone, says Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Pristina […]

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        In Gračanica informally starts the campaign of the Serbian List (RTS)

        By   2 days ago

        One month before the local elections, only leading Albanian parties began campaigning in Kosovo. In the October 22nd elections, 91 political parties and civic initiatives will take part. There are also independent candidates for mayors and councillors of municipal assemblies. There are 38 municipalities in Kosovo, of which the Serbs control 10. There were dozens […]

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        “Our journalists objective and professional” RTK2 response to Srpska Lista statement (Kontakt plus radio)

        By   2 days ago

        “The RTK2 journalists always carry out their work in a professional and impartial manner, in line with regulations in force. We are paying particular attention before and during the election campaign,” reads the RTK2 management statement sent to the Kontakt plus radio. The statement came as a response to the Srpska Lista, which said yesterday […]

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        Vucic’s UN General Assembly speech: Stability, economy, Kosovo, EU integration (B92)

        By   2 days ago

        The full text of the address of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 21, 2017. See at: http://www.b92.net/eng/insight/pressroom.php?yyyy=2017&mm=09&nav_id=102376

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        “Kosovo has enough votes to join UNESCO? Big lie” (B92)

        By   2 days ago

        Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said late on Thursday that the claim Pristina has enough votes to join UNESCO was “a big lie.” “In all the meetings the president and I have had here, this subject was also discussed,” said Dacic, who is in New York as part of the Serbian delegation, led by Aleksandar […]

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        UNS in Kosovo: Local authorities not to make selection while inviting media (KIM Radio)

        By   2 days ago

        Association of Journalists of Serbia in Kosovo, called upon local authorities to openly present their work and timely inform the media about the organization of events and public hearings, without selection, so the citizens can have insight into their work, KIM Radio reported. As UNS press statement reads the municipality of Mitrovica North, invited only […]

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          Kosovo Clinic ‘Removed Patients’ Kidneys Unnecessarily’ (Balkan Insight)

          By   2 days ago

          A forensics expert told the retrial of three men originally convicted of involvement in organ-trafficking from the Medicus clinic in Kosovo that two patients had their kidneys removed for no medical reason. Forensics expert Carmen Barbu told Pristina Basic Court on Thursday that the kidneys of two patients of the Medicus clinic who are testifying […]

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          TEN DAYS OF KOSOVO’S NEW GOVERNMENT (KOSOVO 2.0)

          By   3 days ago

          RAMUSH HARADINAJ’S TENURE AS PRIME MINISTER BEGINS. Today (Sept. 20) is the 10th day since Ramush Haradinaj became the new prime minister of Kosovo. After a three month wait between June’s election and confirmation of his new role through the Assembly on Sept. 10, Haradinaj and his new government have spent the last ten days […]

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          Pristina Albanians Quizzed over Serb Minister ‘Torture’ Claims (Balkan Insight)

          By   3 days ago

          The Special Prosecution asked police to interview people in Pristina who made allegations that Kosovo’s new Serb agriculture minister Nenad Rikalo tortured Albanians during the war – a claim he denies. The head of the Kosovo Special Prosecution, Reshat Millaku, told BIRN on Wednesday that police have interviewed several people who alleged that Nenad Rikalo, […]

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          Situation in Balkans in focus of Vucic’s meeting with Lavrov (InSerbia)

          By   3 days ago

          The situation in the Balkans was in focus of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. “We hail any opportunity to hear your opinion about the developments in the regions, to coordinate our further steps on […]

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          Suspected Kosovo War Victim Exhumed in Albania (Balkan Insight)

          By   5 days ago

          The Pristina authorities exhumed the body of an unidentified person in an Albanian village near the border with Kosovo, believed to have been buried there during the war 1999. Kosovo’s Institute of Forensic Medicine together with the EU rule-of-law mission EULEX, under the supervision of Kosovo’s war crimes prosecutor Drita Hajdari, exhumed an unidentified person’s […]

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          Serb Government Rebuffs Top Cleric for Comments on Kosovo Pivot (Bloomberg)

          By   5 days ago

          Serbia’s government told the country’s dominant Christian Orthodox Church not to pressure President Aleksandar Vucic on the future of Kosovo as he readies the Balkan country for a debate on future ties. https://bloom.bg/2xubtAs

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          Formerly radicalized teens denied access to education (Prishtina Insight)

          By   5 days ago

          An investigation reveals that a discrepancy between the Kosovo Correctional Service and the Ministry of Education is leaving teenagers who attempted to join terrorist organizations out of school. With little money, two 16-year-old boys, one from Viti and the other from Gjilan, checked into Prishtina International Airport to board a flight to Turkey, hoping to […]

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          Kosovo Slates Serbian Film Attacking its UNESCO Bid (Balkan Insight)

          By   5 days ago

          The Kosovo prime minister’s office has condemned a Serbian documentary film that attacks Pristina’s bid to join the UN cultural body UNESCO as offensive. http://bit.ly/2y90xoI

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