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UNMIK Headlines 24 June

By   16 hours ago

• Borderline between south and north Mitrovica based on Kosovo laws (Koha)
• Thaçi: I will not allow “re-colonization” of Kosovo by Serbia (Koha)
• Calls for review of border demarcation increasing (Zëri/RFE)
• Murati: Border demarcation best resolved through arbitration (Koha Ditore)
• Gecaj: We will carry out population census in the north (Epoka e Re)

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UNMIK Headlines 23 June

By   2 days ago

• Kuçi: National consensus needed for demarcation (Epoka)
• EULEX to handle high-profile cases (Koha)
• Hoxhaj to Russia: Kosovo rightfully member of PCA (RTK)
• Roth: Kosovo, condition for Serbia’s membership in EU (Kosova Sot)
• KSF suspends its officer after he was arrested in U.S. (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 22 June

By   3 days ago

• Mogherini: Demarcation, condition for visa-free travel (dailies)
• EULEX under investigation by EU anti-fraud office (Koha)
• The threatening letter that led to the failure of Brezovica project (Koha)
• Jeton Svirca to be appointed Minister of Environment (Zëri)
• Gavrić three times entered Kosovo with explosives (Zëri)
• Kosovo Police arrest six Serbian nationals on Pristina-Peja road (Koha)
• Minister Hoti confirms pressure for €12 million tenders (Koha)
• Kosovo’s liaison officer ignored by Belgrade (Koha)
• Tahiri: Kosovo deserves to be recognised by all countries (Epoka e Re)

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UNMIK Headlines 21 June

By   4 days ago

• Special court to shake Kosovo by year’s end (Zëri)
• Ratification of border demarcation deal could be postponed (Epoka e Re)
• President Thaçi to meet Mogherini and Schulz today (RTK)
• Visa liberalisation after two final criteria are met (Koha)
• Agani relieved of minister’s post (Kosova Sot)
• Janjić: Court’s decision on Monastery property must be respected (Zëri/RFE)
• IMF seeks clarifications over KLA veterans’ lists (Kosova Sot)
• Government wants control over Central Procurement Agency (Koha)
• Government turned down €140 million investment in Brezovica (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 20 June

By   5 days ago

• Agreements are blocked, opposition wants dialogue with Serbia to stop (Koha)
• Thaçi: Demarcation is a done deal (Kosova Sot)
• Gaxherri: There is space to revise demarcation agreement (Epoka)
• Veseli: Kosovo is committed to good neighborly relations (Epoka)
• Deçan/Dečani historians to sue Constitutional Court judges (Zëri)
• Book fair cancelled after Kosovo blocks books from Serbia (Kosova Sot)

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UNMIK Headlines 18 June

By   7 days ago

• Kosovo Assembly extends EULEX mandate (media)
• EULEX to have monitoring and advisory role (Zëri)
• Thaçi: Delays in visa liberalization feed extremism and nationalism (RTK)
• Çollaku: Border demarcation not a condition for visa liberalization (RTK)
• Following indictment, Agani asks to be relieved of ministerial duty (Zëri)

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UNMIK Headlines 17 June

By   1 week ago

• EULEX allowed to initiate cases in “extraordinary circumstances” (Koha)
• Ruling coalition lacks quorum on EULEX (Zëri)
• Prime Minister Mustafa expects Minister Agani to resign (Zëri)
• Murtezaj: Dialogue with Serbia should change (Lajmi)
• Thaçi requests from Pope Francis recognition of Kosovo (dailies)
• Hoxhaj: Russia, not Serbia, obstacle to Kosovo’s UN membership (Klan Kosova)
• Fajon: Kosovo fulfilled more criteria for visa free regime (Epoka e Re)
• US does not support construction of “Sunny Valley” (Kosova Sot)
• Deçan/Dečani residents protest against Court’s decision (Zëri)
• Ismajli: We should be careful with drafting Association’s status (Epoka)
• Shaip Havolli appointed head of anti-corruption agency (media)
• Đurić confirms threatening letter, says Brezovica is Serbia’s wealth (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 16 June

By   1 week ago

• Government to meet today to approve draft law on EULEX extension (media)
• Haliti requests review of border demarcation agreement (Kosova Sot)
• Tërmkolli: Demarcation should be reviewed (Gazeta Express)
• Selmanaj: I’d rather resign than accept Constitutional Court’s ruling (Epoka)
• Thaçi: We will implement all agreements reached with Serbia (Zëri)
• Indictment filed against Minister Agani and 60 others (dailies)
• Serbian government threatens Brezovica investors (Koha)
• “Sunny Valley” is being built on the demolished houses of Albanians (Koha)
• “Interpol will not arrest Thaçi as long as he is Kosovo president” (Zëri)

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    No exit strategy from Kosovo for us (Lajmi)

    By   2 days ago

    Kosovo Assembly MP Blerim Shala writes in an opinion piece that the media and political storm that accompanied the decision of the Kosovo Assembly to extend the mandate for the EU rule of law mission showed the lack of understanding of what the move really encompasses. Shala points out that it was Kosovo institutions that […]

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    Accommodating  ‘negotiators’ (Kosova Sot)

    By   3 days ago

    The paper remarks that it is final time for the Kosovo political leadership to review the format of talks with Serbia because the current process is not doing the people of Kosovo any favours. If the Kosovo leaders had any moral integrity, writes the paper, they would change the entire negotiating team and restore the […]

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    Diplomacy can undermine extremism (Klan Kosova)

    By   5 days ago

    The following opinion piece by President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, originally appeared in the US-based Religion News Service agency.  Islamist extremism has become an increasingly deadly challenge for the Western world. A particularly unfortunate response can be seen in the rising influence of far right, isolationist and nativist political forces on both sides of the […]

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    Serbia and Kosovo’s dead-end dialogue (Telegrafi/Intellinews)

    By   1 week ago

    By Alex Young in Pristina It was hailed as one of the shining achievements of EU diplomacy and soft power – a supposed reconciliation between two formerly warring parties. Baroness Ashton, then the EU’s high representative for foreign policy, was hailed for her negotiating prowess. Ivica Dacic (a former spokesman of Serbia’s dictator Slobodan Milosevic) […]

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    A hated regime (Kosova Sot)

    By   1 week ago

    The paper’s front-page editorial today notes that the outgoing head of EULEX, Gabriele Meucci, yesterday confirmed that several politicians in Kosovo are above the law and they do whatever they want. “As Mr. Meucci says, the fight against corruption and organized crime is being hampered by influential politicians, who think they can do whatever they want. […]

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    The failure of judiciary and EULEX (Kosova Sot)

    By   2 weeks ago

    Hundreds of millions of euros of European taxpayers will be spent again to keep EULEX in Kosovo, the paper notes in its front-page editorial. Eight years after Kosovo declaring independence, according to the paper, EULEX still remains irreplaceable, although criticized for unsatisfactory performance, corruption scandals and partnership with corrupt politicians. “The EU’s largest civilian mission […]

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    How the Western Balkans have become a touchstone for German and EU foreign policy (European Western Balkans)

    By   2 weeks ago

    The European Western Balkans portal carries the peace below, which was originally published on the Ifri  (French Institute for International Relations) web page. German’s policy towards the Western Balkans is marked by continuous commitment that put different emphasis in different phases: reconstruction, stabilisation, consolidation of rule of law and market economy as well as member-state building. The Western […]

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    Two myths about Kosovo’s “ISIS problem” (Prishtina Insight)

    By   2 weeks ago

    Pristina Insight has published the following opinion piece written by Shpend Kursani, who is a PhD researcher in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute, where he researches post-1945 cases of contested states. He is also an external senior research fellow at the Kosovar Center for Security Studies where he conducted an […]

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      Thaçi: Serbs are not against establishment of Kosovo armed forces (Klan Kosova)

      By   11 hours ago

      President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, said that the process for establishment of Kosovo armed forces has not stalled but that there were unfortunate delays in the process. In an interview, Thaçi said it is very important that in the ongoing internal dialogue, representatives of Kosovo Serbs are not against the idea of establishing armed forces […]

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      Stojanović complains UNMIK has no competencies (Koha)

      By   12 hours ago

      Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister, Branimir Stojanović said in an interview for the Belgrade paper Večernje Novosti that it is a bad thing UNMIK is excluded from processes in Kosovo and added that it is good EULEX is present to control local institutions. “Agreement on the process of transfer of competencies from international missions to Kosovo […]

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      AAK and NISMA agree to be part of demarcation committee (RTK)

      By   2 days ago

      The Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) and the Initiative for Kosovo (NISMA) said today they will agree to be part of a committee that would review the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro, only if the government dismisses the current committee led by Murat Meha. NISMA representatives told Radio Kosova today that they are […]

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      Selimi cannot be deputy minister and coordinator of millennium challenges at the same time (Koha)

      By   2 days ago

      Kosovo Anti-Corruption Agency director Hasan Preteni sent a letter to Kosovo’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Petrit Selimi, saying that holding the post of the deputy minister and coordinator of Millennium Corporation Challenges constitutes a conflict of interest.  In his letter, Preteni recalls that Law on Prevention of Conflict of Interest provides that “public officials cannot be […]

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      Visa liberalisation depends on Kosovo Assembly and political parties (Lajmi)

      By   2 days ago

      Kosovo’s European Integration Ministry officials told the news site that if the Kosovo Assembly fails to ratify the border-demarcation agreement with Montenegro, it would jeopardise the visa liberalisation process. The ratification of this agreement, according to European integration officials, is a condition for this process and it is now in the hands of the Kosovo […]

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      Kosovo extradites Sulejman Osmani to FYROM (Indeksonline)

      By   2 days ago

      Sulejman Osmani also known as Commander Sula was extradited yesterday from Kosovo to Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). The 55-year-old was arrested in Kosovo in July 2015, following an international arrest warrant issued by FYROM for his involvement in the armed incident in Kumanovo last year.

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      Mushtisht residents oppose the return of Serb families (Koha)

      By   3 days ago

      The Albanian residents of Mushtisht in the municipality of Suhareka/Suva Reka are opposing the return of Serb families in this village. According to them, those who committed war crimes in this village must be punished before the Serb families could return there. The news site reported yesterday that an agreement has been reached for the return […]

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      Çollaku: Demarcation cannot return to point zero (GazetaBlic)

      By   3 days ago

      Kosovo’s Minister of European Integration, Bekim Çollaku, said on Tuesday that the border-demarcation process with Montenegro cannot return to point zero. He said the ratification of this agreement remains a criteria for visa liberalisation and that Kosovo must not waste time in this regard. Çollaku also called for political consensus among all parties, because any […]

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        Over 80 per cent of young wish to leave northern Kosovo (KIM Radio)

        By   10 hours ago

        The biggest problem of young people in northern Kosovo is unemployment, whereas 80 per cent of young people 15 to 30 years old wish to leave this part of Kosovo, according to the results of a survey conducted by the Youth Educational Club ‘Sinergy’ from Mitrovica North. Other problems, beside the unemployment, listed by the […]

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        “No new conditions for Serbia on EU path” (B92)

        By   16 hours ago

        Germany “supports Serbia’s European Union membership and there are no new conditions for the country on the path towards the EU.” However, it is expected to coordinate its foreign policy with EU positions, German Ambassador to Serbia Axel Dittmann said Thursday. Commenting on a statement by Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the […]

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        26 companies interested in a feasibility study for Trepča (RTK2, KoSSev)

        By   16 hours ago

        At a meeting of the Board of Privatisation Agency of Kosovo one of the highest priority issues was the question of Trepča and the tender which is open for the procurement of professional services for a feasibility study for Trepča. The announcement from this meeting says that there is the great interest of international companies […]

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        Four Serbs in the working group for drafting the Statute of the ZSO (RTK2)

        By   2 days ago

        Ten days ago the President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi announced in Vienna that soon will start formation of working groups that would work on the draft of the Statute of ZSO (Association/Community of Serb municipalities). However, there is no official confirmation in Pristina about what “soon” meant. The attitude of the Government of Kosovo was […]

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        Serbia cannot be neutral and join EU – German official (B92, Vecernje Novosti)

        By   2 days ago

        Serbia needs to declare itself in accordance with the foreign policy positions of the EU; a country that wants to join cannot have a neutral position. Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office Michael Roth told this to Belgrade-based newspaper Vecernje Novosti. “The EU and its member states come first for […]

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        Even after 18 years no truth about kidnapped miners from Belaćevac (Kontakt Plus Radio)

        By   2 days ago

        Family members and the Association of Families of Kidnapped and Missing Persons from Kosovo marked today the 18th anniversary of the first mass kidnapping of Serbs in Kosovo, by laying of wreaths at the “Memorial of Truth” in Mitrovica north. On that day were kidnapped the workers of Belaćavac pit mine, which was part of […]

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        Zvečan: Trepča of strategic importance for survival of Serbs (KIM Radio)

        By   2 days ago

        Decisions with relation to the destiny of “Trepča” cannot be brought unilaterally without taking into account the fact that its most important capacities are located on the territories of Serb-majority municipalities, said representatives of the Serbian Government’s Office for Kosovo and Metohija and Serb-majority municipalities, which have initiated a meeting that took place in the […]

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        Serbian List: Regulation on pensions is illegal (Kim radio)

        By   3 days ago

        Serbian MPs in the Kosovo parliament have filed with the Constitutional Court of Kosovo “a request for verification of the legality of administrative instruction”, which provides a new method of registering and exercising pension rights, granted to the citizens over 65 years. The filed request was signed by all 10 MPs of the Serbian List. […]

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          Balkans bemused by possible British Brexit (Reuters)

          By   2 days ago

          As the Brexit referendum goes down to the wire, some in the Balkans are bemused by the possibility of Britain voting to leave a club they are banging on the door to join. Backing for the EU in Kosovo and Albania is between 80 and 90 percent, levels that British supporters of EU membership can […]

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          Kosovo Agency to Audit Mustafa’s, Thaci’s, Assets (Balkan Insight)

          By   4 days ago

          The declared assets of Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa and President Hashim Thaci are to become the subject of a financial investigation by the Kosovo Anti-Corruption Agency. The anti-corruption body held its annual draw last week and announced that among other high officials, Mustafa and Thaci would have their assets audited. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-anti-corruption-to-audit-the-assets-of-mustafa-and-thaci-06-20-2016

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          Kosovo PM accepts resignation of minister facing probe (AP)

          By   4 days ago

          Kosovo’s Prime Minister Isa Mustafa has accepted the resignation of his environment minister, who offered to step down last week after his name appeared on a list of officials being investigated on suspicions of abusing public money. Ferid Agani was among 64 people, 44 of them doctors, who allegedly used their positions to channel patients […]

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          Applications deferred (The Economist)

          By   1 week ago

          A region still enthusiastic about the European Union is being rebuffed http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21700685-region-still-enthusiastic-about-european-union-being-rebuffed-applications-deferred

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          Kosovo doctors accused of bribery over referrals for dead patients (Reuters)

          By   1 week ago

          Prosecutors in Kosovo charged 64 people including a government minister and 44 doctors with taking bribes to refer patients with heart problems – some of them already dead – to private clinics, the office of the state prosecutor said on Wednesday. This is the biggest bribery investigation in the health sector since Kosovo became independent […]

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          FBI: Kosovo Citizen Pleads Guilty of Hacking, Terrorism Support (VOA)

          By   1 week ago

          A citizen of Kosovo pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court Wednesday of providing material support to terrorists by giving information obtained through identity theft, the FBI said. http://www.voanews.com/content/kosovo-citizen-pleads-guilty-hacking-terrorism-support/3377984.html

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          EULEX Mandate in Limbo as EU Snubs Kosovo Proposal (Balkan Insight)

          By   1 week ago

          While the Kosovo parliament will vote tonight for the extension of the EU rule of law in Kosovo for two more years, its scope of work is yet to be agreed upon.  http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-mps-hesitate-to-extend-eulex-mandate-06-13-2016

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          Mandate Of EU Kosovo Mission Expires (RFE/RL)

          By   1 week ago

          The mandate of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) officially expires on June 14. Kosovo’s government says it amended a draft law to prolong the mission for two years at a session on June 13. http://www.rferl.org/content/kosovo-eulex-mandate-expires/27797605.html  

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