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UNMIK Headlines 22 February

By   13 hours ago

• Kosovo Assembly to vote on border demarcation agreement today (dailies)
• International diplomats in Pristina mobilise ahead of demarcation vote (dailes)
• Kurti: Border demarcation not the only visa liberalisation condition (Zeri)
• Switzerland opposes ideas of Kosovo’s partition (media)
• Hoxhaj: Visa liberalization depends on Albanian MP votes (media)
• “With ratification of demarcation, Kosovo catches last train for visas” (Epoka)
• Thaci: Russia could play positive role by recognising Kosovo (Koha/KP)
• Pacolli expects Spain to recognize Kosovo soon (Epoka)
• Hoti responds to Vucic (RTK)
• Delawie condemns threats against Serb KSF members (Zeri/Epoka)
• U.S. Embassy in Tirana reacts to Edi Rama’s speech on Kosovo (RTK)
• Kosovo ranked 85 on Transparency International corruption index (media)
• Missing persons families press institutions into suing Serbia for genocide (Koha)
• Attack with explosive device on U.S. Embassy in Montenegro (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 21 February

By   2 days ago

• PM Haradinaj requests Assembly session on demarcation on Thursday (RTK)
• Delawie: I hope every political party will vote in favor of demarcation (RTK)
• Assembly chairmanship to set date for border demarcation vote (media)
• Montenegro FM: Statement not very different from demarcation deal (Telegrafi)
• Haradinaj’s battle for demarcation (Zeri)
• Shala: NISMA will support border demarcation agreement (Klan Kosova)
• Hoxhaj to Kusari: No elections, we don’t accept conditions (RTK)
• Apostolova: There has been impressive work on visa liberalization (media)
• Soltes: CoE strategy, a positive message for Kosovo (Pristina Insight/RTK)
• Brussels talks to focus on implementation of Kosovo-Serbia agreements (media)
• Rama says statement on single president was taken out of context (Klan Kosova)
• Kouchner ready to take on role for Kosovo-Serbia reconciliation (media)
• Vucic: I ripped off westerners’ documents on Kosovo’s independence (RTK)
• President Thaci pardons persons convicted of murder (Kallxo)

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UNMIK Headlines 20 February

By   3 days ago

• Ruling parties struggling to secure votes to pass border bill (Zeri/Koha)
• Government of Kosovo to convene meetings on demarcation today (Bota Sot)
• PM Haradinaj’s statement on demarcation with Montenegro (media)
• Thaci seeks U.S. support for demarcation, dialogue and army (Epoka)
• Delawie expects ratification of demarcation this week (RTK)
• U.S. don’t support exchange of territories, call for creative solutions (Kosova Sot)
• Haradinaj: Timeframe for dialogue with Serbia, mutual recognition (Koha)
• Technical dialogue with new dynamics and approach (Epoka)
• Arifi indicates new draft on Association/Community (Zeri)
• Vucic: Serbia to propose a solution by beginning of April (RTK)
• Rama’s idea for a single Kosovo-Albania president encounters opposition (Zeri)
• Engel: U.S. and Kosovo, strong relations regardless of who is in power (Koha)
• Karem: KSF transformation in coordination with U.S. (Epoka)
• Vetevendosje calls for international investigation into Assembly attack (dailies)
• Serb KSF members in Zubin Potok receive threats (Kallxo/Koha)
• Former UNMIK chief explains why the north was divided (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 19 February

By   4 days ago

U.S. urges Kosovo to fight corruption on path to join EU (Koha)
Kosovo Assembly postpones session on demarcation (Gazeta Express)
Serbian List’s absence postpones border demarcation session (Koha)
Montenegro signals possibility of correction of the border with Kosovo (RTK)
“Demarcation statement not legally binding for Montenegro” (Koha Ditore)
LDK supports border demarcation agreement with Montenegro (Kosova Sot)
Kosovo-Serbia technical dialogue to resume 26 February (media)
Thaci: No autonomy for north, Serbia aware that Kosovo cannot be divided (RTK)
Thaci: KSF transformation is imminent (Koha)
Rama: Kosovo and Albania to have single president (Bota Sot)
LDK slams Rama’s statement on single Kosovo-Albania president (Koha)
Vucic: Pristina should be ready for compromise (RTK)
Lavrov: Pointless to speak about Kosovo seat at UN (Klan Kosova)
Haradinaj to meet U.S. and French officials today (RTK)

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UNMIK Headlines 17 February

By   5 days ago

Headlines – 17.02.2018 Clinton: Kosovo deserves our congratulations and continued support (Koha) Former U.S. president Bill Clinton, took to Facebook to congratulate Kosovo people on the tenth jubilee of independence. “Today the proud people of Kosovo deserve our congratulations and continued support. Exactly ten years since their independence, we celebrate their achievements: delivering fair and […]

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UNMIK Headlines 16 February

By   7 days ago

Gabriel: Situation in the north to be put under control (Koha Ditore)
The U.S. supports Germany’s statement on recognition of Kosovo by Serbia (RTK)
Serbia reacts to Germany’s request to recognize Kosovo (RTK)
Proposals to resolve demarcation deadlock within existing deal (Koha)
Barbados recognizes Kosovo (Epoka)
Roth: Germany categorically against reshuffling of Kosovo-Serbia border (Koha)
Rohan: Partition of Kosovo opens ‘Pandora’s Box’ (Zeri)
Kocijancic: EU will very soon invite parties to new round of talks (media)
Markovic: We are ready to help Kosovo on its Euro-Atlantic path (media)
Specialist prosecutor Schwendiman announces departure (Epoka e Re)
Russia continues lobbying against Kosovo’s independence (RTK)
Thaci on Ivanovic’s murder: It will be painful for some (RTK)
Former US VP Biden congratulates Thaci on independence anniversary (dailies)

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UNMIK Headlines 15 February

By   1 week ago

Markovic: Montenegro ready to help Kosov ratify border deal (dailies)
Gabriel: No EU for Serbia without recognising Kosovo (dailies)
Danielsson: Two criteria remain open for visa liberalisation (Koha)
Thaci: Specialist court for Albanians like a court for the Jews (Zeri)
Delawie: Demarcation has complicated U.S.-Kosovo relations (Zeri/RTV21)
“UNMIK will not leave Kosovo” (Koha/DW)
Kurz: Austria has recognised Kosovo and this will not change (Zeri)
Strache explains his statement on Kosovo (Klan Kosova)
President of Basic Court in Mitrovica resigns (Kallxo/Kosovapress)
Zeka: Demarcation will bring down Haradinaj’s government (TV Dukagjini)

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UNMIK Headlines 14 February

By   1 week ago

• Pahor: Demarcation and agreements with Serbia lead to EU and NATO (media)
• Markovic to visit Kosovo today, meet leaders (dailies)
• EU: Ratification of border agreement paves way for visa-free travel (Indeksonline)
• Limaj: There are positive signs from Montenegro to resolve demarcation (media)
• Thaci: Special Court a historic injustice (RTK)
• U.S. President congratulates Kosovo on independence anniversary (dailies)
• “Sovereignty completion is reached with Kosovo’s membership at UN” (Epoka)
• Haradinaj surprised by ideas for exchange of territories (RTK)
• Analysts warn of danger from territory exchange ideas (Zeri)
• Trajkovic: Thaci is behind idea for Kosovo’s partition (Koha)
• Another Kosovo man killed in Syria (Koha/RFE)
• Arms shipment to Bosnian Serbs stokes EU fears (The Guardian/Koha)

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    In Search of Consensus: What is Kosovo’s Red Line? (Koha Ditore)

    By   3 days ago

    In the first part of a series of articles on Pristina-Belgrade dialogue for normalisation of relations, Koha Ditore’s editor-in-chief Agron Bajrami writes:   The dialogue for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is currently at a rethinking stage. The European Union sees the process as an important part of its Western Balkans enlargement […]

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    Kosovo Is Europe’s Little Miracle (WSJ)

    By   6 days ago

    In an editorial for Wall Street Journal ahead of the tenth anniversary of Kosovo’s independence, President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci writes that there has been amazing progress during this period and that Kosovo has plenty of reasons to celebrate. “But as we take stock of the achievements and challenges our nation faces, we need to […]

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    Balkans: On track for EU membership or stagnation? (Telegrafi)

    By   6 days ago

    Carl Bildt, former Swedish Prime Minister, writes in an opinion piece for the European Council on Foreign Relations think-tank that there are three sets of challenges that will have to be overcome if any of the candidate countries are to become EU members in 2025. These include internal reform issues deciding the accession negotiations, reconciliation […]

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    Do it now (peacefare.net)

    By   6 days ago

    The German foreign minister this week gave Kosovo an early 10th birthday present (the date is February 17). Sigmar Gabriel said in Pristina: If Serbia wants to move toward the European Union, the building of the rule of law is a primary condition, but naturally also the acceptance of Kosovo’s independence. That is a central […]

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    Overseeing Kosovo’s conditional independence (European Council on Foreign Relations)

    By   1 week ago

    Pieter Feith, a Dutch diplomat who served as International Civilian Representative and EU Special Representative for Kosovo, writes in an op-ed for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) think-tank that an important lesson of the Kosovo experience deals with the model used by the ICO (International Civilian Office) to supervise Kosovo’s independence for a […]

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    How the EU betrayed Ahtisaari and Kosovo (Koha Ditore)

    By   1 week ago

    The paper’s Brussels-based correspondent Augustin Palokaj writes in an opinion piece: “Declarations of independence are unilateral in their nature: an entity declares its independence. The declaration of Kosovo’s independence is the least unilateral, because it was made in coordination with the international community, after an international process that involved the three key international organizations (UN, […]

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    EU needs commitment to rights in West Balkans (EUobserver)

    By   2 weeks ago

    Todor Gardos, researcher with the Human Rights Watch, writes in an opinion piece for EUobserver that the new European Commission strategy for enlargement of the EU, expected to be presented on February 6, could be greeted with skepticism at the Western Balkans. However, if the EU is willing to end its ‘drift policy’ and commit […]

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    Tension ahead if Kosovo left out of EU strategy (EUobserver)

    By   3 weeks ago

    Bekim Collaku, chief of staff to the president of Kosovo Hashim Thaci, writes in an opinion piece that as the European Commission gets ready to publish its strategy on the Western Balkans, “it is crucial that we all feature equally prominently in the strategy and that we are all given the same perspective. Any talk […]

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      Fajon addresses MPs, says she is following them with great interest (RTK)

      By   8 hours ago

      The European Parliament Rapporteur for Kosovo, Tanja Fajon says that she is she is following with great interest demarcation developments in Kosovo. “I am with great interest following today’s debate and vote on the border demarcation in Kosovo Assembly. All the best to our friends, partners and the citizens for showing a demonstration of true […]

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      Kosovo Assembly postpones border demarcation vote (media)

      By   8 hours ago

      Kosovo Assembly President, Kadri Veseli, announced that the vote on border demarcation agreement with Montenegro has been postponed for tomorrow. Veseli said he was optimistic that parliamentary parties will reach consensus on the issue and that “we are on the right track”. Klan Kosova reports that the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) has conditioned its […]

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      Thaci urges MPs to ratify border demarcation deal (Koha)

      By   9 hours ago

      President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, has urged MPs to vote in favour of the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro. In a Facebook post, Thaci said the pro-vote would break Kosovo’s isolation for good and set a new momentum for Kosovo’s European integration. “The vote for ratification of demarcation is a vote for the citizens’ freedom […]

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      Kosovo FM Pacolli condemns attack on U.S. embassy in Montenegro (media)

      By   9 hours ago

      Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Behgjet Pacolli, has condemned last night’s attack on the U.S. Embassy in the capital of Montenegro, Podgorica. Pacolli expressed Kosovo’s “unwavering” support for the U.S. and offered Montenegrin authorities cooperation from Kosovo institutions, if necessary.

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      Vetevendosje sues Thaci for treason (Telegrafi)

      By   10 hours ago

      Albulena Haxhiu from Vetevendosje said that they have sued President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci for treason for signing the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro in 2015 which the party claims strips 8,000 ha of Kosovo territory.

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      Ymeri: We are against demarcation (RTK)

      By   1 day ago

      Visar Ymeri from Vetevendosje Movement said that the current agreement means that there was no demarcation but verification of the border so far. “This agreement in this manner should have not been submitted to the Assembly at all. Political parties were divided in two political groupings for three years now. This proves that Kosovo has […]

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      Veseli: Review all the laws by 31 March (RTK)

      By   1 day ago

      Kosovo Assembly President, Kadri Veseli, said that Kosovo Assembly MPs have to conclude with review of all laws under the European Reform Agenda. “The Assembly of Kosovo will continue to intensify its work, with the aim of moving forward toward many significant reforms for the country, as well as creation of the Army of Kosovo. […]

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      Vetevendosje to meet for the final decision on demarcation (Indeksonline)

      By   1 day ago

      The Vetevendosje Movement is against the new annex-agreement for the border demarcation between Kosovo and Montenegro. However, this political party is expected to meet today in order to come up with the final decision on the position they are going have during tomorrow’s Assembly session. Vetevendosje MP Ali Lajci, told Indeksonline that this annex-agreement is […]

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        “Makes more sense for US to revoke Kosovo recognition” (BETA, Tanjug, B92)

        By   6 hours ago

        Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic says it is more logical for the US and the UK to withdraw their recognition of Kosovo – than for Russia to recognize it. The comment, made after Dacic’s meeting in Belgrade with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, was prompted by Hashim Thaci saying that Belgrade “would be able to […]

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        Murder of Oliver Ivanovic: Police invites public to submit information on vehicle (KoSSev portal)

        By   8 hours ago

        Kosovo police made an appeal to the public today for the help in the investigation of Oliver Ivanovic murder, KoSSev portal reported. The police sent to the media photo of a vehicle and invited citizens, in case they have information about that vehicle, to submit them to the police, KoSSev portal reported.

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        Srpska Lista: We do not vote for demarcation, there would be similar attempts of disinformation (KoSSev portal)

        By   9 hours ago

        Srpska Lista will not vote for demarcation with Montenegro “despite false and tendentious claims” published in all Albanian-language media and rerun by part of the Serbian media, Srpska Lista said, KoSSev portal reported. “Something like that was not agreed with us and we will not support demarcation, as it is falsely claimed, instead we will […]

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        ACDC: Education, networking and greater visibility in media for improved position of women in politics (Kontakt plus radio)

        By   9 hours ago

        In order to improve position of women in politics, education, organization and networking are needed, but also greater visibility in the media – these are conclusions from the conference held on Wednesday in Mitrovica North, organized by NGO Advocacy Center for Democratic Culture (ACDC), Kontakt plus radio reported. Jovana Obradovic, member of the Zubin Potok […]

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        Avdullah Hoti on Serbian President, Djuric reacts (KoSSev portal)

        By   10 hours ago

        “Mr. Vucic, your new phrases and costumes do not cover crimes and genocide. Instead of lecturing us, it would be better to go and pray for the victims of your policies,” member of the opposition LDK party and Kosovo Assembly member wrote on his Facebook profile, KoSSev portal reported. Meanwhile, the Serbian Government Office for […]

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        “If US joins Kosovo talks, Russia won’t stand aside” (BETA, Tanjug, B92)

        By   11 hours ago

        Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed in Belgrade on Wednesday evening that Russia and Serbia are partners who do not impose anything on each other. As he said, Moscow welcomes Serbia’s efforts on its path to the EU, but also in relations with the Eurasian alliance. After his meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Lavrov […]

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        Albanian President against division of Kosovo (Vecernje Novosti)

        By   11 hours ago

        Albanian President Ilir Meta is against division of Kosovo and thinks that the exchange of territories is an idea of destructive people, Belgrade based daily Vecerenje Novosti reported referring to the Albanian media. According to Albanian media, Meta made these remarks during the talks with the European Council on Foreign Relations representatives including Carl Bildt. […]

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        Slobodan Petrovic will support the ratification of the demarcation agreement with Montenegro (Kontakt plus radio, VoA)

        By   11 hours ago

        The only Serbian deputy in the Assembly of Kosovo who is not part of the Serbian List, Slobodan Petrovic from the Independent Liberal Party (SLS) stated for the Voice of America that he would support the ratification of the demarcation agreement with Montenegro, reports Kontakt plus radio. “For us, this has never been a dilemma, […]

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          U.S. raps ally Albania for ‘careless’ words on Kosovo (Reuters)

          By   10 hours ago

          The United States urged Albania on Wednesday to avoid “careless language” after its prime minister suggested a single president and single security policy for both his country and neighboring Kosovo in a speech that infuriated Serbia. http://reut.rs/2CenHAr

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          Albania’s Edi Rama floats joint president idea in Kosovo (Deutsche Welle)

          By   2 days ago

          Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama suggested a joint president for Albania and Kosovo, the two Albanian-majority states, during a visit to Pristina. Neighboring Serbia still claims Kosovo as its province. Kosovo and Albania currently share embassies and diplomatic missions around the world, and will have a joint foreign policy in the future, Albanian Prime Minister […]

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          Pristina in the spotlight: Rita Ora aside, can Kosovo’s capital make it big? (The Guardian)

          By   2 days ago

          Ten years since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia, Pristina struggles with corruption and pollution – but the youngest capital in Europe is full of fresh energy. Pristina is a city of constant renewal. Not only is Kosovo’s main city the youngest capital in Europe – 42% of the population is under 24 years old – […]

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          Rama Criticised for Albania-Kosovo ‘Joint President’ Idea (Balkan Insight)

          By   2 days ago

          Albanian premier Edi Rama’s suggestion that Albania and Kosovo could share the same joint president was described as impractical by analysts in Pristina and strongly condemned by officials in Belgrade. Analysts in Pristina told BIRN on Monday that Albania and Kosovo should take serious steps towards practical cooperation instead of the idea of a having […]

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          The difficulties of exchanging territory in the Balkans (The Economist)

          By   3 days ago

          If Kosovo and Serbia swap parcels of land, the process won’t end there TEN years ago Kosovo declared independence from Serbia. Its Albanians, who make up the majority of the population, have been celebrating. But its Serbs, most of whom live in enclaves, have not. Serbia does not recognise Kosovo, which used to be its […]

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          10 years after independence, Kosovo’s prime minister asks Washington for help with ‘unfinished business’ (The Washington Post)

          By   3 days ago

          Kosovo’s prime minister is no stranger to the spotlight. Ramush Haradinaj, the 49-year-old former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army, is in his second tour as the country’s premier. His first ended when he resigned to face international war crime charges that resulted from a bloody conflict that pitted Albania and ethnic Kosovars against Serbia […]

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          Kosovo rounds off independence celebrations with military parade (Euronews)

          By   3 days ago

          President Hashim Thaci said Kosovo should eventually become part of the EU and NATO, as the country marked a decade of independence from Serbia. Kosovo has celebrated 10 years of independence with a military and police parade through the streets of the capital Pristina. Kosovo seceded from Serbia in 2008, almost a decade after a NATO […]

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          Serbian Orthodox Church faces economic blockade — Russia’s OSCE envoy (TASS)

          By   6 days ago

          Russia expects OSCE to step up its efforts “to counter the radical nationalism among Kosovo Albanians,” the ambassador added. Kosovo Albanians are trying to impose an economic blockade of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the self-proclaimed republic of Kosovo, Russia’s OSCE envoy, Alexander Lukashevich, said on Thursday. “The Serbian Orthodox Church still faces mistreatment. Kosovo […]

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